Two labourers were crushed to death when a building collapsed while being demolished at Koolimuttom in the Mathilakam police station limits on Monday.
The deceased are Saleem, 32, son of Abdul Khader in Koolimuttom, and Karappam Veettil Bakkar, 35, of Perinjanam.
The victims were in the process of demolishing the building when the accident occurred.
According to eyewitnesses, the roof had been almost demolished and the labourers were trying to remove the walls connecting the roof when the building caved in.
The Irinjalakuda Fire Service was alerted about the accident at 3.
15 pm following which a squad was sent for rescue and debris removal.
Though the officials rescued the two from the rubbles and rushed them to the hospital, they were declared brought dead.
The Kodungallur Fire Service was also pressed into rescue service.
The 18-yearold shopping complex building, belonging to Muhammed Rameez, was being demolished to make way for the newmulti-storey building.
To carry out the demolition, the building premises had beenvacated a few months ago.
According to the Mathilakom Police, a case of causing death due to negligence has been registered against the owner and contractor.
Investigations would be carried out to ascertain whether proper scientific methodology was followed by the contractor during the demolition