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Tragedy at the mall, seen from floors that changed Calcutta’s lifestyle

The atrium of the South City Mall, one of the most popular hangouts in south Calcutta, witnessed tragedy on Sunday noon when four workers fell from near the roof while hanging buntings for its sixth birthday later this week on Thursday. The crash, possibly caused by a ladder collapse, drew many shoppers to the galleries from where they usually take in cricket matches on the giant screen.The worker who died has been identified as Ashok Halder, 32. The injured workers are Bhagaban Sardar, 18; Debabrata Halder, 19; and Biswajit Naiya, 20. While Debabrata suffered a fracture in his spinal cord, the two others had injuries on their waist, head, shoulders, knees and hands, doctors said (see Metro). Details were sketchy but the following sequence was put together on the basis of accounts by eyewitnesses and some shopkeepers.


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