New Delhi: Five people
were killed and more than 22 others were injured Tuesday evening
when a three-storey building collapsed in central Delhi, police
Twenty others were feared to be trapped under the debris of the
The accident took place in Chandni Mahal area near Jama Masjid
around 8 p.m. The Katra Data Ram ki Haveli was one of the old
heritage buildings in the Walled City.
Police said the toll is likely to increase as rescue efforts were
still on early Wednesday morning.
The dead included 40-year-old Arshad and four women: Tabassum, 18,
Shauqat Bi, 65, Fatima, 65, and Munni Devi, 70, who were declared
brought dead at the Lok Nayak Hospital.
Fire officials said the building collapsed due to a digging work
in an adjacent under construction house.
Officers of the fire brigade, the National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF) and Delhi Disaster Management Authority were deployed in
addition to police to secure the area.
About 500 members of the spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda
also rushed to the site to help in the rescue efforts.
"My mother in-law (Shauqat Bi) was travelling when parts of the
building fell over her," Salahuddin told IANS.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who
represents the Chandni Chowk constituency, visited the injured at
the hospital. Three of them were in critical condition. The Imam
of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, also visited the hospital.
"There are lots of debris to be cleared," said Jai Prakash, a
member of the Dera Sacha Sauda.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD)
Standing Committee, Yogender Chandolia, said MCD Commissioner K.S.
Mehra has been asked to probe the incident.
"I have asked him to submit a report in tomorrow's (Wednesday)
Standing Committee meeting," he said.