‘Rapid Metro iron angle’ kills man, contractor booked

A man was killed after an angle (iron beam), allegedly from a Rapid Metro construction site, fell on him in Gurgaon on Saturday.

Police said the incident took place in DLF Phase III, where Rapid Metro tracks are being constructed.

The man has been identified as Vikash Kumar (27), a technician with a private firm and resident of Baljeet Nagar in New Delhi. Police said Kumar was on his bike. Eyewitnesses told police that when he reached the Rapid Metro site, a 15-foot angle fell on him.

"Kumar sustained grievous injuries and died while being taken to a hospital in an auto-rickshaw," a police officer said.

Police have registered a case under IPC Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) at DLF Phase II police station against officials of the Rapid Metro and the contractor carrying out the work .

Metro officials have, however, denied that the angle had fallen from the track and claimed that it was a road accident.

"Prima facie, it appears that the biker had rammed a labourer carrying an iron angle. The biker lost his balance and crashed into a Metro pillar. He sustained head injuries. One of the labourers was also injured in the collision and he too was taken to hospital for treatment," a Metro official said.

Rapid Metro has initiated an internal inquiry into the matter. "Rapid Metro is investigating the matter. Suitable compensation will be given to the (biker's) family even if the investigation confirms that it was a road accident," Rapid Metro spokesperson Sarvesh Tiwari said.

"How can a person ram into labourers, who, if they were really carrying the angle, should have been on the other side of the road? Why are there no marks on the iron angle?" one of Kumar's colleagues said.

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