Building near Delhi's Jama Masjid collapsed,
were killed and more than 22 others were injured Tuesday evening
when a three-storey building collapsed in central Delhi, police
Twenty others were feared to be trapped under the debris of the
The accident took place in Chandni Mahal area near Jama
New Delhi: A boy was
Wednesday rescued from the debris of the three-storey building
that collapsed in old Delhi a day earlier even as the death toll
rose to seven, police said. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)
has ordered a probe into the incident that also left 25 injured.
Five-year-old Amaan was rescued by the authorities and nobody else
has been found in the debris of Katra Data Ram Ki Haveli in
Chandni Mahal area near Jama Masjid that came crashing at around 8
p.m. Tuesday, said police officers.
Survivors and locals started gathering early Wednesday in the area
that has residential buildings in the narrow bylanes even as
police cordoned it off.
"The deputy commissioner of the city zone will conduct the
inquiry. The preliminary report of the inquiry will be submitted
to the MCD commissioner by Wednesday evening," Deep Mathur, MCD
spokesperson, told IANS.
The building collapsed due to digging work in an adjacent under
construction house in the complex, fire officials said.
The comprehensive report of the inquiry has to be submitted within
three days to MCD Commissioner K.S. Mehra.
Besides two unidentified people, the dead included 40-year-old
Arshad and four women: Tabassum, 18, Shauqat Bi, 65, Fatima, 65,
and Munni Devi, 70, who were declared brought dead at the Lok
"There was a loud sound...we thought it was a blast. When we went
out, there was darkness and smoke all around," said local Shaizi
"Minutes later, we came to know the Chandni Mahal building had
collapsed," Khan said.
Fresh construction had started in a portion of the building two
weeks back, said locals.
"There has been construction going on in the cramped area. We have
filed many RTI (Right to Information) applications to know how
this can happen despite MCD regulations," said Rizwan Khan, an RTI
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who
represents the Chandni Chowk constituency, visited the injured at
the hospital. The Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, also
visited the hospital.