Delhi, 19 Nov: In a tragic incident, a 7-year-old boy was killed and seven people including minors sustained injuries after a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) workshop wall collapsed on them while they were eating at a roadside eatery in Central Delhi on Friday morning.
Badal and his friends, unaware of the upcoming life taking moment, was eating biryani at a roadside eatery but after some everything turned black when an MCD workshop wall collapsed on them.
Purportedly the wall collapsed when some workers were chopping branches of a tree on the wall.
“I was sitting outside my home when I heard a loud scream. I ran out and saw that the wall had collapsed. I alerted my neighbours and they came for help. We tried to rescue the child but unfortunately could not,” said Rajesh, a resident.
Locals immediately rushed the injured to a nearby hospital and informed their families. But the hospital authorities declared Badal dead on arrival.
A senior north MCD official stated that “We did not have the permission to repair the wall concerned as the ownership of the building is under dispute and the matter is subjudice in the Supreme Court. We had, however, pasted a warning on the wall, telling people that it was dangerous and that they must keep away from it. There are slums around the place and despite many warnings in the past, dwellers still park their pushcarts by the wall.”
Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Gupta after taking a serious note on the incident suspended Superintendent Engineer K P Sachdeva, Executive Engineer Ram Kishan and Foreman P K Gaur till inquiry, for negligence and for not following proper safety measures while pruning the tree.