Ludhiana roof collapse: One more succumbs to injuries, toll rises to five

Ludhiana roof collapse: One more succumbs to injuries, toll rises to five

Labourers remove debris at the roof-collapse site at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar on Daba Road in Ludhiana. Photo: Ashwani Dhiman

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7

Two days after an auto parts factory roof collapse incident at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar on Daba Road here, one more person succumbed to injuries on Wednesday. Now, a total of five persons have lost their lives in the mishap that took place on Monday.

The district administration confirmed the fifth death today and the deceased has been identified as Santosh Kumar, who hailed from Bihar. He had come to Ludhiana in search of a job.

Santosh, 31-year-old, was working as a foreman in an adjoining GK Plating factory. When the roof of the auto parts factory — Jasmail Singh and Sons — collapsed on Monday morning, its debris also fell on the GK Plating factory leaving five injured. Out of these five injured, Sagar (27) had died on Monday and Santosh succumbed to his injuries today.

Unaware of the ongoing construction work in the neighbouring unit, Santosh along with others was doing his job at GK Plating that morning. Suddenly, debris fell on them.

Santosh had received a serious head injury. He was taken to a government hospital in Ludhiana, but later referred to SPS Hospital as his condition was stated to be critical.

Tejinder Singh, an owner of the GK Plating unit, said Santosh had been working with them for more than one year. “Santosh had undergone head surgery at SPS Hospital and had been unconscious for the past two days. He succumbed to injuries today. His family lives in Bihar and has been informed about the tragedy. They are coming here to claim the body. Besides, the health of three other injured workers of our factory is improving,” he added.

Adjoining buildings’ owners seek damages

  • The roof of the top floor of auto parts manufacturing unit Jasmail Singh and Sons was being lifted by using jacks without any permission from the MC on Monday when the mishap took place. The debris had fallen on adjoining two buildings, which also suffered damages. Now, the owners of the two buildings demand compensation for damage to their buildings.
  • Tejinder Singh of GK Plating said, “After the roof of neighbouring unit collapsed, the debris had fallen on our factory causing big damage to our building structure and machines. We have suffered damages of around Rs 20 lakh. We want compensation.”

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