New Delhi: It was
around 8 p.m. when 12-year-old Saima was engrossed with dinner
preparations in the Khan household, in the old quarter of the
city. Saima, who was kneading the dough, got up to wash her hands
when the three-storey building they lived in came crumbling down.
She is one of the 23 injured who are admitted to central Delhi's
Lok Nayak Hospital after the structure in Katra Data Ram Ki Haveli
in Chandni Mahal area near Jama Masjid collapsed Tuesday, killing
at least seven people.
"My niece just stood up to wash her hands... suddenly the walls
crumbled and the building came down," recalled Mohammed Asif,
Saima's uncle, whose five family members were injured in the
Asif's younger brother Sajid, 40, is also admitted to hospital
with serious injuries.
"Doctors have just examined my brother. We are waiting for CT scan
reports as he is very critical. All that we had...the memories,
everything... it is buried," Asif said in a choked voice while
waiting outside the emergency ward of the hospital.
Hospital authorities had imposed heavy restrictions on outsiders
entering the premises.
According to doctors, three patients continue to be critical and
are being monitored constantly.
"Rafiulla, 60, Shoaib, 25, Mohammed Mushtaq, 40, are critical.
They have received crash injuries and fractures," said a doctor
from the hospital.
The building collapsed due to digging work in an adjacent
under-construction house in the complex, fire officials said.
Those killed in the incident are Munni Devi, 70, Fatima, 65,
Shaukat Bee, 65, Arshad, 40, Tabassum, 18, Amaan, 6, and an
unknown person whose details are yet to be confirmed by the