Collapse toll 7, police, MCD in blame game
The police and the MCD knew that illegal construction was on in the 150-year-old building that collapsed in Old Delhi’s Chandni Mahal on Tuesday and that it posed a risk to the residents.delhi Updated: Sep 29, 2011 00:09 IST
With two more people dead, including a six-year-old boy on early Wednesday morning, the total number of people who have been killed in the Chandni Mahal building collapse on Tuesday night reached seven.
Twenty-one injured people are undergoing treatment at the hospital, two of whom are critical.
Most of the victims in the hospital have received head injuries and are admitted in the neurosurgery ward of the Lok Nayak Hospital. The hospital had also opened its disaster ward on Tuesday night, after more than 20 injured were rushed there within an hour of the incident. “Rafiulla and Shoaib are critical with head and pelvic injuries respectively,” said Dr Richa Dewan, medical superintendent, Lok Nayak.
A four-year-old boy, Dishan, who was mentioned in the list of injured as absconding was later traced to his residence. “The boy’s parents thought he would be more comfortable at home and took him along. He had sustained minor injuries,” said Dr Dewan.
The Delhi government on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. In case of the death of a child, the relatives will get Rs1 lakh.
Meanwhile, Joint commissioner of police (northern range) Sudhir Yadav said that the Delhi Police had registered a case of culpable homicide against Anil, the owner of the building where construction was taking place, and the contractor, identified as Haji Jalaluddin. Sources said that Jalaluddin is also wanted in a criminal case for attempting to assault MLA Shoaib Iqbal recently.
Angry mob bars Sibal from hospital
Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who represents the Chandni Chowk constituency, was greeted with boos when he tried to visit the injured at the LNJP Hospital on Tuesday evening.
The situation was such that he could not even step out of his car as angry relatives surrounded his car and started banging it. The families, who were still to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones, shouted slogans against the Lok Sabha MP as well as the Delhi Police, accusing them for poor administration. In sharp contrast, the mood in the hospital on Wednesday afternoon was sombre when Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit walked in to meet the victims.
First Published: Sep 28, 2011 23:44 IST