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Jalandhar factory collapse: Three workers still missing

punjab Updated: Apr 22, 2012 12:32 IST
Sachin Sharma

With rescue workers using heavy machinery to remove the debris of the collapsed factory building, the kith and kin of three workers still missing have been anxiously watching the whole operation for any news on their loved ones.

Heer Chand Chaudhary, 50, from Rohtas district of Bihar has come all the way from Hyderabad where he works, to inquire about his brother-in-law Radha Mohan Chaudhary, 40, who was working in the factory when it collapsed.

"Family members of Radha Mohan informed me about the incident on Monday. I rushed to this place to inquire about him. The rescue operations are about to end, but I have no information about my brother in-law till now. He is neither on the list of rescued nor has his body been recovered so far."

He has informed the administration about presence of Chaudhary in the factory when it collapsed. "Rescue workers have told me that they are digging the whole structure now. I am waiting for some news," he said.

Octogenarian Pathlu Rai from Chapra district is also at the site, searching for his 18-year-old grandson Mintu Rai. Pathlu is accompanied by Dinesh Rai (16) who survived the building collapse and is from his village.

"Mintu is my cousin. We are still looking for his body. I am lucky to have survived the disaster as I was rescued after eight hours of the incident. Mintu is still trapped. We have apprised the administration of Mintu's presence in the building when it collapsed," said Dinesh.

"We will wait for Mintu's body till the whole operation is completed. If we don't find Mintu's body, we will have to file a missing report with the police."

Chandrawati, wife of Bhagwan Das (35), from Maharajganj district of Bihar has arrived with Rajesh. She has a passport-sized photo of her husband and is desperate for news of his husband.