Delhi horror: 7-year-old dies at under-construction building site after lintel collapse, 2 arrested

Posted by

New Delhi: In a shocking case reported from Delhi’s Shahdara area, a 7-year-old boy died after the lintel at an under construction building collapsed on him. The police have arrested 2 people in the case, on a complaint by the child’s father. Those arrested include the contractor and building owner.

Minor’s family lived at construction site

According to reports the little boy’s family used to stay at the construction site itself. His father worked as a mason for the project. The child’s family was present at the site on the day of the accident. The victim’s father, Jagat said that he along with his family of 5 had been staying at the construction site in a tarpaulin tent for the past 20 days.

The father claimed that when they were putting up the lintel he had alerted the builder about it not being strong enough. He said that he also told the builder that his family lived right under the lintel and in case of an accident, they might face severe consequences. He had requested for a safer arrangement for his family, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

The family hails from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh. They were migrants to the city. The family members recalled the harrowing accident. The child’s father said, “At around 10 am the lintel gave way and the debris collapsed on our child, who was playing right under the structure. I, along with 5 others heard a loud thud and rushed to the place. We started digging with our hands and sometime later, saw the hand of my child. Then along with others, I pulled out his lifeless body.”

The child was rushed to a nearby hospital, but doctors there declared him dead on arrival. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under, Sections 304A (negligence) and 288 (negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings), under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The DCP of the area said that the body was shifted to the mortuary where a post mortem was conducted. Later the body was handed over to the family.

The family meanwhile has packed up their things, after conducting the last rites of their child. The child’s mother cried, “We were working day and night to give our child a better life. Now we will return to our village. The contractor offered us money, but how can that compensate for our loss, just because we are poor.”

Click to rate this post!
[Total: 0 Average: 0]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *