Dharwad building collapse: Death toll rises to 14, Four Building Owners Arrested: On Friday, the Dharwad building breakdown death toll rises to 14 Director. General of Police (Fire and Emergency Services) MN Reddy confirmed the recent death poll updated. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force started rescue operations and the rescue task is still underway.
The collapse took place in Dharwad’s Kumareshwar Nagar which is around 400 kilometres north of Bengaluru.
At the time of collapse various hospitals in the district have been placed on alert and a number of ambulances were sent to the accident site. Dharwad’s top medical officer Giridhar Kokinad on the day of occurrence of collapse said, Fifty six labourers have been rescued so far.
Deputy Commissioner Dharwad on the initial hours of the incident said, “2 people dead, 28 people rescued and receiving treatment at Civil Hospital. NDRF and SDRF team has reached the site of building collapse. Oxygen and water given to 7 people buried in debris. Rescue operation to continue at night”.
At the present, Reddy said, speaking to news agency, “As of Friday, the death toll has risen to 14. As we speak two more persons are being rescued, and this will take up the numbers of those rescued to 59”. He further added, “Rescue operations will continue as we fear another 10 persons might still be trapped in the debris”.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy at the day of incident said that he has instructed the Chief Secretary to oversee rescue tasks and operations. He has also instructed that the injured will be airlifted if in any case it is required.
By taking twitter as a medium he tweeted, “Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to Dharwad.”
Kumaraswamy after visiting the site said the rescue teams had done an excellent job. As per to a statement announced by the chief minister’s office, Kumaraswamy advised the chief secretary to declare a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for family of each of the deceased. Also, on the other hand a compensation of Rs 1 lakh will be given for those who got injured in the incident. The disbursal would be matter to approval by the Election Commission as the model code of conduct is in place in advance of the approaching Lok Sabha elections.
On Wednesday, the Indian Air Force airlifted two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Karnataka’s Hubli from Hindon in Uttar Pradesh to join the rescue and search operation after an under-construction building collapsed in Kumareshwar Nagar in Dharwad on Tuesday
As per the reports, the building belongs to a relative of former Congress MLA Vinay Kulkarni. He also visited the spot of incident and assured everyone by saying that the action will be taken against those who are responsible for the tragedy. He also admitted that one of the owners is a relative of his.
The owners of building that collapsed in Dharwad are Basavraj Nigadi, Gangadhar Shintre and Ravi Sobrad. Gangadhar Shintre is father-in-law of Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni.
The owners of the building also surrendered to police and were booked under Sections 304 (guilty homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act risking life or personal security of others) and 338 (causing serious hurt by act risking life) of the Indian Penal Code.