Five killed in building collapse in Delhi’s Bhajanpura area

Thirteen people have been shifted to a hospital and three students are still missing

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Around 30 students were attending classes at a coaching centre when the fourth floor of a building collapsed, trapping them under the debris. Photo: Screengrab from Twitter

Five people, including four students, were killed when a floor of a building collapsed in the city’s Bhajanpura area on Saturday (January 25), fire officials said.

They said around 30 students were attending classes at a coaching centre when the fourth floor of the building collapsed, trapping them under the debris.

The fire department received a call around 4.30 pm, following which seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot, they said, adding that rescue operations are underway.

Thirteen people have been shifted to a hospital and three students are still missing, Atul Garg, Chief of Delhi Fire Service, said.

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A coaching centre that was under construction was being run in the building, another fire service official said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site of the accident to assess the situation. He said, “What has happened is very upsetting. The construction was going on illegally. We’ll give orders to investigate how MCD allowed it.”

He also said that he will request the Election Commission to allow them to provide ₹10 lakh as compensation to the victims’ families.

He had earlier said on Twitter that he had received “bad news” from Bhajanpura and that he would reach the accident spot soon.

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari too visited the site of the collapse. He expressed grief on Twitter and said that he was “deeply saddened by the four painful deaths in Bhajanpura.”

He also said that the BJP has announced a ₹2 lakh compensation each to the families of those who died in the floor collapse and that the injured will receive ₹25,000 each.

Lt Governor for Delhi Anil Baijal tweeted that he was “deeply saddened to learn about the tragic deaths of the innocent children” in the collapse.

(With inputs from agencies)

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