Junagadh: 2 killed, 6 hurt in building collapse

Two labourers died and six others were injured when a portion of a nine-storey newly constructed building collapsed on Sunday morning in Junagadh city. The incident took place in Rayjinagar area of the city around 5.30 am when the labourers were sleeping in the basement parking of Monarch 2 apartments.

According to emergency services officials, the bodies were stuck almost 20 feet under the debris and that other six workers were rescued after a two-hour long operation. All workers belong to Bihar.

One of the injured reportedly told police that they did not feel any vibration or movement before a wing of the building came crashing down.

Municipal commissioner Dilip Rana has assured proper medical aid to the injured. "The building is still under construction and only labourers had occupied it," he said, adding that all the injured are "out of danger".

Emphasising that the role of the builder would be investigated, Rana said building material samples have been sent for testing.

Builder Vipul Kotecha, meanwhile, claimed that all the safety measures were followed in the construction and that he smelt a conspiracy in the incident. "Out of four wings, only one collapsed. This doesn't happen due to poor construction or faulty planning. Had the construction been of bad quality, all the wings would have collapsed. We have reported this to the mayor and we want senior PWD (Public Works Department) officials to probe the case," he said.

While PWD and Mahanagaparplika officials, who visited the spot, are expected to probe the incident, the local police have filed a case of accidental death and investigations are on.

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