Chandigarh building collapse: Eyewitness says there was a loud thud

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 30, 2015 11:24 IST
UT inspector general of police RP Upadhyay talking to police personnel at the spot in the transport area; and (right) a man taking away liquor bottles, in Chandigarh on Monday. (KARUN SHARMA/HT)


A motorcyclist showed presence of mind to alert the police and a crane firm in real time after he witnessed the shop collapsing. “I was shocked when I saw a man with a broken leg struggling to save his life amid the debris,” said Kulbir Singh, the first caller to report the Khushdil express transportation building collapse on Monday

Sharing his horrendous experience, he said, “I heard a loud noise and I stopped my bike, following which I saw the building on the ground. I was absolutely shaken after knowing that 10-12 people got killed in the roof collapse and then I called the police.” He added, “Thank God, I was able to sense the situation and called Maharaja Cranes (Sector 26, Chandigarh) who immediately sent four cranes at the spot and the rescue operation started even before the police reached,” said Singh.

He further added, “When I reached the spot, I saw a man who was not moving at all. I called the PCR and they took him to the hospital. In the meantime, I could hear other people screaming from inside the building.” He went on saying, “Some of them were able to move and others were taken to the hospital by the police.”

Within the first 10 minutes, five police control room (PCR) vehicles reached the spot and took the victims to hospital. A team of doctors along with a fire brigade arrived at the spot later. RESCUE OPERATION SANS EXPERTS

Eyewitnesses claimed the rescue operation of the Chandigarh police along with the administration officials was unprofessional as the police did not cordon off the area from where the debris was being removed. The operation was halted again and again as the people from Bapu Dham colony and the nearby transport area gathered to see what was going on. Private cranes have to initiate rescue operations as the fire brigade and the police control room vehicles came late.

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