9 dead, 21 hurt as balcony collapses at wedding ritual in Rajasthan
The incident took place in Peedhi village under Kumher police station limits of Bharatpur district around 10-11 pm where several people had gathered for a pre-wedding ritual.Updated: Apr 29, 2017 14:30 IST
Hindustan Times, Bharatpur
Nine people died and 21 were injured when a balcony and a wall collapsed during a pre-marriage ritual in a Rajasthan village on Friday.
The incident took place in Peedhi village under Kumher police station limits of Bharatpur district around 10-11 pm where several people had gathered for a pre-wedding ritual of Anni Jatav’s two sons, Virendra Singh and Pawan Singh.
Suddenly, the balcony and the adjacent wall collapsed, killing seven people on the spot. The injured were rushed to Raj Bahadur Memorial hospital in Bharatpur, where two more succumbed. Four of the injured were referred to Jaipur in critical condition.
A minor, Priti was among the dead, which included Kailashi Devi, Anguri Devi, Harveji Devi, Lajja Devi, Kamlesh Devi, Bharatlal Jatav, Bhagwan Singh and Bhudev Singh.
On being informed, police reached the spot and helped send the injured to the hospital.
All the bodies were kept in the mortuary of Community Health Centre, Kumher, and were handed over to relatives after post mortem.
Bharatpur SP, Kailash Chand Bishnoi said he has informed the district collector Narendra Kumar Gupta in order to arrange compensation for the victim’s kin.
Gupta said he has sanctioned a sum of Rs 50,000 to the family of each of the deceased.
The father of the two brides, Khichchu Jatav, a resident of Therawar village, said the incident had affected him badly. He said he was too poor to afford the expenditure of the ceremony again.
First Published: Apr 29, 2017 14:27 IST