Two killed in Delhi building collapseNovember 24th, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Two men were buried to death when the top floor of a decades-old three-storey building collapsed in central Delhi Monday, the police said, adding some officials were injured during the rescue operation. The accident took place in the densely populated Farshkhana area in old Delhi around 1.30 a.m. when some labourers were at work inside the building, used to store ball bearings for cars.
“There were 14 labourers working then. Most of them managed to save themselves when one of the walls fell due to an overload of spare parts,” said Mohammed Furzat, who had a narrow escape.
According to police, the building was stocked beyond its capacity.
“It could not sustain the additional weight and a portion of the building collapsed. Some policemen and officials from the Delhi Fire Service suffered injuries when nother portion of the building also collapsed during the rescue operation,” a police official said.
The victims are identified as Quamruddin, 20, a native of West Bengal, and Matajul Ansari, 22.