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Don’t want to politicise issue: Rahul visits Kolkata accident victims

Rahul Gandhi went to the site where a flyover had collapsed on Thursday and then visited the hospital to meet the people injured in the mishap.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2016 12:54 IST
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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited Girish Park area of Kolkata on Saturday, April 2, 2016. An under-construction flyover partially collapsed there on March 31, killing 24 people. (Hindustan Times)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reached the location of the collapsed flyover in Kolkata, before heading to the hospital to meet the victims on Saturday.

Gandhi landed in Kolkata in the morning and headed straight to the Burrabazar area where the accident took place on Thursday. He then went to the hospital where the injured are being treated.

Talking to reporters later, Gandhi said that he had come to extend support to the victims and did not want to politicise the issue.

“There has been a tragedy here.I have come here to give them whatever little support I can provide,” Gandhi said after meeting the injured in the hospital.

When asked to comment on the allegations of lapses in the construction of the flyover, Gandhi said, “I have come here to meet the injured. I’ll not talk about politics.”

Gandhi, accompanied by state Congress President Adhir Chowdhury and party leader Deepa Dasmunsi, earlier talked to NDRF officials at the accident site.

Watch | Rahul Gandhi meets Kolkata flyover collapse victims’ families

The West Bengal state government announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh to next of kin of the victims and Rs 2 lakh to those gravely injured.

Twenty four people were killed in the incident while dozens more were trapped under the debris.

Police filed an FIR against Hyderabad-based construction company, IVRCL that was in-charge of the project. The company said an inquiry committee had been set up but maintained that the accident was beyond anyone’s control.

The military and National Disaster Response Force were pressed into service to carry out relief and rescue efforts. Heavy earth movers and gas cutting equipment were brought in to dig out those trapped, with rescue operations concluding on Friday.

First Published: Apr 02, 2016 10:48 IST