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7 workers from Udhampur, Ramban die as building collapses in UP


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7 workers from Udhampur, Ramban die as building collapses in UP

Seven labourers including six from district Udhampur and one from Ramban, were killed and at least 30 others injured when a roof of an under construction building collapsed in Meerut area of Uttar Pradesh this evening.

Reports said that these people belonging to poor families from remote Badhota area of Pancheri, one from Ramnagar in district Udhampur and another from Sumbarh village in Ramban were working as labourers at the under construction cold storage building at Daurala near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. The building suddenly collapsed this evening and at least 30 workers were trapped under it.

The NDRF and Police teams from Meerut rushed to the spot and launched rescue operation using JCBs and other heavy machines. The trapped injured persons were rescued while the dead bodies of seven persons were also retrieved from the debris. All the deceased persons belonged to Jammu and Kashmir. Nine others from this area are said to be injured.

The deceased were identified as- Baldev Singh, son of Rumal Singh from Badhota village in remote Landhar area of Pancheri¸ Balbir Singh, son of Bansi Lal and Satpal, son of Jagat Ram, both residents of Badhota in Pancheri; Kalu Ram, son of Kichu, resident of Pancheri; Ramesh Kumar, son of Prem Lal from Lalli village in Udhampur; Balwant Raj, son of Sharan Das, resident of Ramnagar in district Udhampur and Hoshiyar Singh, resident of Sumbarh village in Ramban.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who happens to be the Member Parliament from Kathua-Udhampur-Doda-Ramban-Kishtwar area said that immediately after coming to know about the unfortunate incident, he spoke to Deputy Commissioner, Meerut, Deepak Meena and took stock of the situation. Dr Singh said he told DC to provide all possible assistance to the injured persons and make prompt arrangements for shifting dead bodies of the poor workers from his constituency to their respective villages.

Dr Singh said he also spoke to Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar and District Administration Udhampur and asked officers to coordinate with the Meerut District Administration and assist the bereaved families. He expressed grief over the tragic death of seven people of his constituency and assured all possible assistance to the bereaved families.

Meanwhile, SSP Udhampur, Dr Vinod Kumar said that after receiving information from Meerut Administration, they communicated messages to the families of deceased persons. The family members of some deceased have left for Meerut. He said the area is very remote in Pancheri tehsil of Landhar. The bodies will be brought from Meerut tomorrow. The District Administration was in touch with Meerut Administration and all possible assistance will be provided to these families, he added.

Meanwhile, reports from Uttar Pradesh said that at least seven persons were killed and 30 others injured when an under-construction roof of a cold storage collapsed at Daurala in Meerut.

Senior officials from District Administration Meerut and Police officials along with a team of the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot. At least 27 people have been rescued from under the rubble and efforts were on to find others.

Meerut District Magistrate Deepak Meena said, “Seven workers at the site were killed when the roof collapsed. Twenty seven workers have been rescued and shifted to hospital.”

“We have formed an Inquiry Committee and sought a report on the incident within 24 hours. Further action will be taken on the basis of its findings,” Meerut DM added.

Circle Officer Ashish Sharma said, “An under-construction roof of a cold storage collapsed. Workers and labourers working there were buried under the rubble.”

Police was trying to identify the deceased and the seriously injured persons and the reason behind the collapse is being ascertained, the officials said.