15 dead after heavy rain collapses wall in Pune

15 dead after heavy rain collapses wall in Pune

15 dead after heavy rain collapses wall in Pune

The residents of the Pune housing society whose wall collapsed on Saturday killing 15 slum dwellers, had warned the developers five months ago that the structure was in a risky condition, PTI reported.

Pune police had registered a criminal offence against the partners, site engineers, supervisors and labour contractors of the two entities - the company that constructed the building whose retaining wall collapsed, and the company which had undertaken the construction and excavation work.

"I was deeply saddened to know about the death of innocent workers, including women and children in the incident of collapse of a compound wall of a residential complex in Pune".

While Pune has been experiencing heavy rainfall, police commissioner K Venkatesham suggested that the wall may have been brought down intentionally.

Among the dead were 10 men, five children.

A fire brigade official said those who detailed were from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak said an investigation would be conducted. All the injured have been shifted to hospital and District Collector Naval Kishore Ram visited the spot of the incident.

The police on Saturday filed a case of culpable homicide against Jagdishprasad Agarwal, 64, Sachin Agarwal, 34, Rajesh Agarwal, 27, Vivek Agarwal, 21, and Vipul Agarwal, 21.

Rao said majority of the deceased hailed from Bihar.

"The builders had the knowledge that the wall foundation had become weak, excavation work was going full speed from other side in the neighbourhood and the citizens had complained to them in writing". Every life lost in incident was precious. My deepest condolences to the families and prying for speedy recovery of the injured.

The state government has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased, an official said.

The victims identified are mostly labourers working on the building sites - Sunil Singh, Sonali Das, Bhima Das, Deepan Sharma, Alok Verma, Mohan Sharma, Sangeeta Devi, Neeta, Avdhesh Singh, Aman Sharma, Ravi Sharma, Ajit Sharma, Rahul Sharma, Laxmikant Sahani, Ovi Das.

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