CISF jawan falls to death at Kolkata airport

Updated on Jul 31, 2015 02:33 PM IST
GC Singh was carrying out anti-sabotage checks before the chief minister’s flight landed. The jawan stepped on a polycarbonate sheet which couldn’t take his weight.
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

A CISF jawan died at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport in Kolkata while carrying out an anti-sabotage check on Thursday afternoon. The incident happened around 3.30pm.

According to sources at the airport, GC Singh, (40), a resident of Odisha, was in the service gallery near gate number 5 AB on the arrival area of the airport when the incident happened. The anti-sabotage check was being carried out before chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s flight touched down from London.

The jawan was carrying out regular checks and security arrangements when he stepped on a polycarbonate sheet covering an area where a glass had broken. The polycarbonate sheet could not take the weight of the jawan and Singh fell to his death.

“The jawan was in the service area at the arrival hall. It is used by the cleaners and staff repairing faults. The CISF personnel was in the service area carrying out checks when the incident happened,” Anil Kumar Sharma, director of Kolkata airport said.

“A portion of area in the service area was covered with polycarbonate sheet since the glass had broken. The CISF personnel stepped on it and fell 12 feet sustaining serious head injuries,” Sharma said.

GC Singh was taken to a hospital near the airport in an unconscious state and died later. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee after landing at the airport visited the spot. The chief expressed grief at Singh’s death sent her condolences to his family.

CISF and Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources at the airport said the accident would not have occurred, if the quality of the glass used for the construction of the glass and steel terminal which is known as T2, were of good quality.

Sources added that the glass shattering problem which started much before the new terminal building was inaugurated in January 2013, is still continuing.

Recently, after holding airport advisory committee (AOC) meeting, the chairman of the committee Saugata Roy, had said that the glass shattering problem was a part of the teething problem of the new terminal and does not exist anymore.

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