GURGAON: Seven people, including a juvenile, were killed after a building collapsed in Gurugram’s Ullawas village early on Thursday, the police said.
The toll is likely to go up as rescue personnel fear that many people could be trapped under the debris of the under construction building.
Gurugram Police spokesperson Subhash Boken said a call reporting the incident was received at 5.15 a.m. The three-storey building in Ullawas village near Sector 65 of Gurugram was under construction to raise fourth floor.
“The building was constructed about six months ago with three floors, including the ground floor. Construction of the fourth floor was on,” the officer said.
The victims, he said, were people living on rent.
Of the seven victims, five were identified as Aftab, 20; Anand, 22, from Bihar’s Samistipur; Vishal, 17, Kuldeep, 32, from Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar and Mohit, 19, from Firozabad.
The police spokesperson said an FIR was registered against building owner Dayaram and the contractor under Sections 304 and 288 of the Indian Penal Code. “Both of them are absconding and efforts are on to nab them.”
Rescue operations were on for the whole day on Thursday with help from the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, State Disaster Response Force and Border Security Force. The police and the fire department were also involved in the rescue operation.
“These operations will continue on Friday,” the officer said.
Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar announced financial aid of `3 lakh each for the kin of those who died in the building collapse.
NDRF personnel to the rescue
Three National Disaster Response Force teams, with about 35 personnel each, were deployed. Two teams from its base in Ghaziabad and one from its regional base in Dwarka were rushed to the accident site in the morning after the force received SOS call.