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Bharatpur: Wall collapse kills 24, case registered against marriage hall owner

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-05-2017 PTI

Jaipur: A case was on Thursday registered against the owner of a marriage hall in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district where a wall collapsed following a storm leaving 24 dead. While 23 people were killed on Wednesday in the incident, one of the victims succumbed to injuries on Thursday.

Twenty-six persons were injured and the condition of four of them is stated to be critical. Superintendent of Police Anil Tank said the marriage home owner has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

He said a survey of all the marriage homes and gardens in Bharatpur will be conduced to review safety and security measures. A marriage function was going on in the hall when the storm hit the area on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed pain at the loss of lives and announced Rs2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The prime minister also announced Rs50,000 for those seriously injured.

“The incident in Bharatpur has pained me beyond words. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I hope the injured recover soon,” he said. Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those killed, the PMO said.

People had taken shelter under a shed attached to a wall which collapsed suddenly. He said the entire wall and the shed collapsed and they got trapped. The weather suddenly changed and heavy winds started blowing leading to the incident at the Sewar Road.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the deaths and gave necessary instructions to officers concerned for proper treatment of the injured.

In another incident, a man was killed when a portion of roof of a house collapsed due to storm. The incident occurred in a village in the district last night, the SP added.

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