4-year-old killed in wall collapse
Kolkata: A four-year-old boy was killed after a portion of a building wall collapsed at Nonadanga in Anandapur around 10:30 am on Wednesday.
According to police, on Wednesday, Hindustan Construction Company was demolishing some constructions on a land owned by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. An earthmover was engaged for the job. While razing the constructions, it accidentally hit a wall of hut, which belonged to a labourer. The wall immediately collapsed.
At that time, two children from adjacent Bhai Bhai Colony were playing beside the wall. Seeing the wall coming down, one of the then managed to get to a safe distance but the other kid could not run to safety and he was killed due to the wall collapse.
The other boy, who could save his life, immediately informed local residents who ran to the site and recovered the boy from under the debris. He was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Local residents started protesting gathering around the construction site as soon as the news reached them.
Police personnel from Anandapur police station reached the construction site and tried to bring the situation under control. The angry mob vandalised the earthmover. It is alleged that police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the violent mob to clear the area.
However, the police denied the allegation that they resorted to lathi-charge to restore normality. Later, the police arrested the driver of earthmover and seized it. Following the arrest, local residents called off their agitation.
In another incident, a man fell down from the third floor of a four-storied building on Rahim Ostagar Road on Wednesday. The person identified as Rabi Naskar (32) was a plumber. On Tuesday night, he was working on a pipeline of a building and somehow he lost control and fell down. Naskar was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead.