Chennai hotel stage collapse: two more succumb to injuries

Two more youths, 21-year-old M Anand and 21 year-old Ramya Natarajan, seriously hurt when a make-shift dance floor collapsed in a city hotel on December 31, succumbed to injuries on Monday, prompting the police to take into custody the hotel president.

On December 31, just minutes before the New Year was ushered in, the stage in Savera Hotel, built above the swimming pool, collapsed under the weight of the revelers. One person was killed instantly.

Twenty-four-year-old Sumit Agnihotri, who hailed from Lucknow, was brought dead to a government hospital.

Four others were injured, including Anand, a third-year engineering student, and Ramya, also a third-year engineering student. They were admitted to Apollo hospital in Chennai in a serious condition. On Monday, they succumbed to their injuries.

Police took into custody, B V S Reddy, president of the Savera Group of Hotels, soon after Anand died.

Reddy was produced before a Magistrate Court here, which granted him bail. Later in the evening, Ramya too succumbed to injuries.

Police had arrested three persons earlier, including the hotel general manager Antony Michael, Narendra Singh, the contractor who had erected the stage, and Singh's manager Ravi. The hotel had collected Rs 3,000 per head for taking part in the New Year eve bash.

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