15, including four children, killed as compound wall collapses in Pune

At least 15 people including four children and one woman were killed after a wall of Alcon Stylus housing society in Kondhwa area of Pune city collapsed post midnight, following heavy rains. An NDRF team said it recovered 2 bodies while the remaining were recovered by the fire brigade.

The wall collapsed on a slum where labourers were sleeping. Pune guardian minister Chandrakant Dada Patil said most of the victims were labourers from Bihar and Orissa.”

“The workers were living in a camp of an under construction site,” said Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram.“Wall collapsed due to heavy rains. Prima facie, builder seems to be at fault as he set labour camp right adjacent to the wall,” he added.

Mayor of Pune, Mukta Tilak said her administration was giving a ‘work stop’ order so that no work can be continued at the construction site. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in a tweet, said he had directed Pune collector to conduct an in-depth inquiry. 

Minister Patil said he had sought details to ascertain if legal procedure were followed in setting up the labourers’ camp. City police commissioner K Venkatesham confirmed that the authorities were “checking if proper building permissions had been taken.” “If required, FIR will be filed against those at fault, he said.” 

Both the injured– 19-yr-old Ajay Kumar Dilip Sharma and 25-yr-old Pooja Rajesh Sharma, who were admitted to Sassoon hospital – are now stable.

Pune received over 73.1 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours, the second highest rainfall in June since 2010.

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