Ludhiana: Four workers died and six were injured, two of them seriously, after the roof of a factory collapsed at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar on Daba Road here on Monday morning. About two other workers are still trapped and teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), municipal corporation, police and civil department are trying to rescue them.
The deceased have been identified as Mustakeen, Sagar Kumar, both residents of Bihar, and Peechu and Imtiaz of Ludhiana.
Police said around 9.50am, about 40 workers were working to lift the lintel with the help of a jack on the third floor of the auto parts factory, Jasmail Singh and Sons, which is about 25 years old. An eyewitness said the lintel collapsed and the main part of it fell on the factory, burying the workers, and the remaining part fell on the left side where a foreman was working at a plating unit. The foreman was injured seriously. A part of it fell on the rear side on two autorickshaws and workers’ quarters.
An area resident said after the incident, members of a social group, police, MC and civil administration teams reached the spot and started the rescue operation. Deputy commissioner Varinder Sharma visited the site along with Ludhiana police commissioner Rakesh Aggarwal.
An official told the Times of India that NDRF, SDRF, police, municipal corporation, civil teams were trying to save the trapped men and 37 out of 40 persons were brought out, of which four have died and six were injured. The two seriously injured have been admitted to a private hospital.
“One worker was declared brought dead at hospital, one died during treatment and two bodies were recovered from debris. Drilling is being done in small areas and hydra machines are being used in the operation,” he added.
An eyewitness told authorities that construction work was going on early in the morning. The civil administration inputs suggested that lintel collapsed around 9.50am. The DC said a probe would be conducted, but their foremost priority was to save the lives of workers. He said permission for construction work was not taken from MC.
Earlier while inspecting the site, the deputy commissioner and CP gave full charge of the rescue operation to the teams of NDRF, SDRF, fire brigade and local police.
An NDRF official said, “It seems more than 40 workers were at the site at the time. At least six phones of them are switched off.”
Fingers are being raised at the MC after the incident. Jagbir Singh Sokhi, a former councillor, said the contractor did not have trained staff and was using a jack which was wrong. Questioning the MC for allowing such a system, he said if it had checked it, the incident wouldn’t have occurred.