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Four dead in building collapse: police file negligence complaint

One day after four people, including a nine-year-old girl, died in the collapse of a building in Bawana, Outer Delhi, police registered a case of negligence against unidentified persons. The victims were herding sheep on an empty plot on Friday when the nearby old building collapsed and they were buried under the rubble.

The victims were identified as Rukaiya Khatoon (55), Shahzad (25), Danish (24) and Afrin (9) from the Bawana JJ settlement area. The police registered a case against unidentified persons under article 304 A of the CPI (causing death by negligence). No arrests have yet been made.

DCP (Outer North) Brijendra Yadav said: “We received a call at around 2.45am about a building collapse in Bawana. Arriving there, we found that the said building was built under Rajiv Ratan Aawas Yojana and had 300 to 400 rooms/apartments; most were vacant. A part had collapsed. We called three JCBs, a hydraulic crane and ambulances to the scene. Four to five people were trapped under the rubble.

The Delhi government said on Friday that an immediate departmental inquiry had been opened into the matter and that the building was constructed between 2007 and 2010.

The families of the victims had alleged that the police and rescue teams arrived an hour late, but the police denied these allegations.

“We reached the spot a few minutes after the call from the PCR. The building had been constructed by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation and constructed under the RRAY. However, we do not know who was looking after the building now, whether it was given to a contractor or to DUSIB. She is under investigation,” a senior police officer said.