The collapsed boundary wall of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre on Kanke Road, Ranchi, on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Call it nature’s irony.
Heavy rain over the past three days spared Ranchi any untoward incident, but when the sun finally shined on Thursday morning, a tall boundary wall collapsed injuring a couple in the heart of the capital.
The accident took place at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre on Kanke Road around 9am. Adjoining Hatma bustee residents Kamla Devi (45) and her husband Jagannath Ram (55) were having breakfast when a 12-metre portion of the 10-feet-high dry, but apparently weakened, wall came crashing on them.
Local residents acted promptly and pulled the duo out of the debris. Jagannath was not conscious, had a concussion and broken leg, while Kamla had sustained injuries on the chest. Both were rushed to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, where Ram has been admitted to the neurological ward.
The accident held up traffic on the arterial road, which is close to the official residence of Jharkhand High Court chief justice, for nearly half an hour.
Speaking to The Telegraph from her hospital bed Kamla, who works as a domestic help, said that the rare good breakfast offered by her employers on Thursday was not in their destiny.
“I had expected tasty leftovers from the houses where I work and had asked my husband to wait near the rehab centre so that we could share breakfast. I had just opened a packet and offered him a sweet when we heard a noise and blacked out,” the woman recalled.
Deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey has promised that the medical expenses of the victims will be borne by the district administration. “It was an accident,” he said.
He added that they hadn’t received news of any other mishap from anywhere in the district.
The incident has, however, prompted Choubey to instruct block development officers to find out from their respective health centres about any rain accident since August 19.
“There has been a let-up in heavy rain and it will be possible to collate reports from different parts of the district. We are assuming that no serious incident has taken place,” he added.
Ranchi has 1,315 inhabited villages in its 18 blocks.