One killed, 2 injured in building collapse in Kolkata
Kolkata:A four-storey dilapidated building in the Posta area of central Kolkata collapsed today, killing one member of a family and grievously injuring two others, police officials said.
The three were trapped inside a room when the building collapsed, they said.
"Three people were recovered from the debris and sent to the Kolkata Medical College Hospital," an official said. One of them, Taraprasanna Saha, 91, succumbed to his injuries. His wife and their daughter are in critical condition.
Police and fire department officials rushed to the accident spot and recovered those trapped under the debris.
Taraprasanna Saha, Sobha Rani Saha and Beauty Roy were pulled out by local residents and fire brigade personnel, the officials added.
They were taken to the Calcutta Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Taraprassana as "brought dead". The injured, who are in a critical condition, were admitted to the hospital.
It was not immediately known how they were related, and if there were others in the building.
The police said people were living there even after it had been declared a "dangerous structure" by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
The area was cordoned off and the building evacuated, they added.
Local MLA and Trinamool Congress leader Smita Bakshi visited the accident spot and said the residents refused to leave the house even after it was tagged "dangerous" by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.