A fire department official said construction work was on at a shop on the ground floor of the building, and electrical machines and hammers were being used.
“The building was weak and it appears that the vibrations from machines contributed to the collapse,” the official said.
Construction work at a shop on the ground floor of the building in Sabzi Mandi led to its collapse
“The two victims were returning home from school along with their mother when the building collapsed on them. The woman was rescued but the children were buried under the debris,” a police official said. A 72-year-old man, who runs a paan shop next to the building, was also trapped in the rubble but was rescued.
The building was located right opposite Robin movie hall in the area. Police said they received information about the collapse around 11.30am. Police identified the dead as Somya (12) and his brother Prashant (seven). The family lives in the neighbouring Roshanara locality. “The boys’ mother, Ayushi (32), along with the paan shop owner, Ramji Das (72), were taken to hospital for treatment,” the police official said, adding that the children received severe head injuries.
Area residents said the woman was purchasing some household items from a shop when the building collapsed.
As per the fire department, about seven tenders rushed for rescue operations. Shriniwas, assistant commandant, NDRF, said,” Around 1.50pm, we located the body of one of the boys. The other boy was taken out of the rubble five minutes later.” Two teams of NDRF were involved in operation.
Rajeev Aneja, who was living in the building, said that first three floors belong to his family. “One month back, a man purchased a shop on the ground floor. He was doing some construction work and we had warned him about vibrations in the building, but he failed to pay heed,” he said.
Aneja’s nephew, Aryan, was in the building when it went down he miraculously escaped. “Luckily, most of my family was not in the building. One of my brothers is admitted to hospital and the other family members had gone to see him. My mother had gone to a dispensary,” Aneja said, adding that 12 people lived on three floors of the house.
DCP (North) Anto Alphonse said police had registered a case and further investigations were on. “We will take action against the culprit,” he said. A case under sections 304, 288 and 34 of the IPC was registered against one Mohak Arora, who owns the shop where the construction was going on. “During investigations, we have found that some structure was removed on the ground floor last night,” an investigator said, adding that they have launched a manhunt to nab the accused.