Anekal, Jan 20: A horrific incident occurred on Wednesday morning, when an under-construction school building collapsed in Badarahalli of Anekal taluk, killing two labourers and injuring more than 15 others. The building belonged to St. Agnes School, and the construction work was underway on the second floor of the structure.
What Caused the Collapse?
According to the initial findings of the Anekal police, the labourers were carrying out centring work on the top floor, when a part of the building collapsed. The workers fell down, along with the debris, and got trapped under the rubble. The police suspect that the collapse was caused by poor quality of materials and negligence of the contractor.
The police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the contractor, who is absconding. The police are also investigating the role of the school management and the civic authorities in the incident.
How Did the Rescue Operation Take Place?
As soon as the incident was reported, police and fire and emergency services personnel rushed to the spot. They were joined by local residents and volunteers, who helped in the rescue operation. An earthmover was also used to clear the debris and extricate the victims.
The rescue operation lasted for more than three hours, and was hampered by the narrow lanes and the crowd of onlookers. The police had to use force to disperse the crowd and make way for the ambulances.
What is the Condition of the Injured?
The injured labourers were shifted to various hospitals in Anekal and Bengaluru for treatment. The police said that two of them sustained grievous injuries, and are in critical condition. The rest of them suffered minor injuries, and are stable.
The labourers were from Karnataka, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. They were working for a sub-contractor, who had hired them for the project. The police are trying to contact their families and provide them with assistance.
How Did the Authorities and the Public React?
The incident has sparked outrage and grief among the public, who have demanded strict action against the culprits and compensation for the victims. The local MLA, the district collector, and the education minister visited the site and the hospitals, and assured of justice and relief.
The education minister also ordered a probe into the incident, and said that the government will take stern measures to prevent such mishaps in the future. He said that the government will conduct a safety audit of all the under-construction school buildings in the state, and ensure that they follow the norms and standards.
The incident has also raised questions about the quality and safety of the construction sector in the country, which is often plagued by corruption, negligence, and violation of rules. The incident has exposed the need for better regulation and monitoring of the construction activities, especially in the education sector, where the lives of children and teachers are at stake.