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Boy dies in wall collapse

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a wall collapse near Ruby hospital on Sunday afternoon. Local people alleged excessive pressure on the wall from a payloader caused the accident.

A resident of Laskarhat Sarada Pally near VIP Bazar, around 1km from Ruby hospital, Chandan Kumar Das was playing with friends on a vacant land around 4pm.

The private land, about a cottah, is barely a few feet from the site where the EM Bypass is being expanded by the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority for the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS).

Next to the vacant spot and separated by a thin wall, about 10metre in length, were several mounds of stone chips, some as high as 12feet, which were dumped for the BRTS work. They were being mixed with cement by a payloader.

Local people alleged the wall collapsed and fell on Chandan because of excessive pressure being exerted on it by the payloader while mixing stones and cement. The boy remained trapped under the rubble for several minutes before local people could dig him out. When taken to a nearby hospital, doctors declared him dead on arrival.

“He suffered head injuries and lost a lot of blood,” said a doctor. “I rushed out of my home on hearing a commotion and found my son trapped under the rubble,” said Chandan’s father Mahesh Das, a rickshaw-puller.

The payloader was ransacked by the local people. The mob dispersed only after officers of Kasba police station intervened. “We are trying to find out whether the accident was caused by negligence of the construction workers,” said an officer of the police station.

Injury

Uma Shankar Shaw, got injured after a vehicle hit him on JL Nehru Road in Esplanade on Sunday afternoon. He was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.