Bengaluru pillar mishap: FIR registered against unidentified persons, probe ordered

11 January, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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This comes after CM Basavaraj Bommai said that an inquiry into the incident would be conducted. The CM also announced an ex-gratia for the family of the deceased.

An FIR has been filed against unidentified people in connection with the fall of an under-construction pillar in Bengaluru, police said on Tuesday.

The collapse of the pillar claimed two lives including a woman and her toddler while left two others injured. “FIR has filed against 5 concerned unknown persons in metro pillar collapse case at Govindapura police station,” police said.

According to the FIR, site engineers, metro contractors, site-in-charge officers, BMRCL officers, and others have been included.

This comes after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that an inquiry into the incident would be conducted. The Chief Minister also announced an ex-gratia for the family of the deceased.

Besides, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation said that notices have been issued to the contractors and engineers concerned in connection with the collapse of an under-construction metro pillar in Bengaluru.

It said that an internal technical team would investigate the matter.

A woman along with her toddler was killed after an under-construction metro pillar collapsed in the city. The woman’s husband and daughter were hospitalised following the incident with injuries.

“Notices are being issued to the contractor and the concerned Engineers. 11Sc will be requested to investigate and provide a report. An internal technical team will also investigate the matter,” a release said.

The Corporation said that support money would be given to the family of the deceased.
“Cost of treatment of injured persons & support of Rs 20 lakhs will be given to the family of deceased,” it said.

BMRCL said that it stands with the distressed family.

“A lady and a boy child was injured and they were immediately rushed to the Altius nearby hospital for treatment and unfortunately their lives could not be saved. BMRCL is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident and stand with the distressed family,” the release said.

Earlier today, the father-in-law of the woman who died in the incident on Tuesday alleged that the contractor in charge of the Metro pillar construction in Bengaluru, where the collapse of an under-construction metro pillar claimed two lives.

Speaking to ANI, Vijayakumar, father-in-law of the woman who died in the incident, demanded the construction work to be stopped immediately.

“The contractor in charge of the Metro pillar construction clearly didn’t take safety measures. The construction activity should be stopped immediately because it is running without safety,” he said.
“If a bus or some other vehicle carrying passengers would have crossed that point, there could have been more casualties. Our world has been destroyed. I demand the government to provide safety measures at the construction sites,” Vijayakumar added.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy demanded the resignation of Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai after an under-construction metro pillar collapsed in Bengaluru’s Navagara claiming two lives.

“Karnataka Chief Minister must resign. It’s a clear case of poor work and people have succumbed to it,” Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy said on pillar collapse in Bengaluru.

“It’s very shocking that an under-construction pillar fell on a woman and child. Until now there were pothole deaths now pillars are collapsing. This is a clear case of violation, negligence and corruption of the BJP govt,” Reddy added.

An under-construction metro pillar toppled near Nagavara on Bengaluru’s outer ring road early today, killing a mother and her baby son, police said. Injuries were sustained by the woman’s spouse and daughter.

In response to the event, the Chief Minister stated that the government will compensate the bereaved family.

“We will inquire how the incident happened, and provide compensation to the affected family,” he said.

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Tuesday termed the collapse as the result of the “40 per cent commission” government.

The Congress leader said that there is “no quality” in development works. “This is the result of the ’40 per cent commission’ government. There is no quality in development works,” he said.

Last year, Congress had alleged that the BJP charges a 40 per cent commission from the government contractors.