11 Killed in Wall Collapse; Two Arrested

Published: 06th July 2014 02:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2014 04:59 PM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Eleven people, including a child and four women, were killed today when a 20-foot-high compound wall adjacent to their huts collapsed in Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu even as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa ordered an SIT probe into the Porur building crash that claimed 61 lives.   

"A total of 11 people died on the spot, including a child and four women", Tiruvallur District Collector K Veera Raghava Rao told reporters at the site near Upparapalayam.            

Among the victims, nine are from Andhra Pradesh while the remaining are from Tamil Nadu, he said.            

The compound wall was constructed by a private warehousing company and its owners -- Ramanathan and his brother Balu -- have been arrested, district Superintendent of Police Saravanan said.

A 19-year-old youth, Nagaraj, was rescued from the debris and has been admitted to hospital with minor injuries. Heavy rains had lashed the area last night.   

Jayalalithaa condoled the deaths and announced an assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.  

She also instructed police officials to take stern action against those responsible for the tragedy.        

The incident occurred eight days after an 11-storeyed building crashed at Porur, claiming 61 lives.    

Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa announced formation of a Special Investigation Team headed by a Joint Commissioner of Police to probe the Porur building collapse.          

The SIT comprises experts in engineering and architecture.

The government has already announced a commission headed by retired Justice R Raghupathy to probe the June 28 mishap. Police have registered a case and arrested six persons in connection with the tragedy.

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