Noida, September 20
A portion of a housing society’s boundary wall collapsed here on Tuesday morning, killing four construction workers, police said.
All 12 who had been buried under the rubble while repairing a drain adjoining it at the Jal Vayu Vihar in Sector 21 at around 10am were labourers.
A team of Sector 20 police station detained a sub-contractor, Gul Mohammad, who supplied labourers for the job, an official said.
Multiple JCBs were deployed to clear the debris of the collapsed stretch of the wall that was located adjacent to a drain, officials said as police and fire department personnel swung into action for immediate rescue and relief measures.
“A total of 12 labourers were pulled out of the rubble. Four of them died,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dwivedi told PTI.
Three of the deceased have been identified as Pushpendra Singh (25), Panna Lal (25) and Amit (18), the police said. All of them hailed from Baduan district in Uttar Pradesh.
The fourth deceased was identified as Sambhal native Dharam Veer, they said.
The lone injured man was identified as Pappu Singh (25) of Badaun. He is undergoing treatment at the district hospital, the police added.
Expressing grief over the loss of lives, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed senior officials to reach the spot, the Chief Minister’s Office said.
“CM Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the loss of lives in the wall collapse incident in Gautam Budh Nagar. He directed senior officials to rush to the spot and conduct relief work on a war footing,” his office said in a tweet in Hindi.