According to reports, eight persons were murdered and 11 were rescued after the ceiling of a potato cold storage fell in the Chandausi area of Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh. Rescue activities are being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
According to Moradabad DIG Shalabh Mathur, eight individuals were murdered in the event.
“A total of eight people have died and 11 people have been rescued. Some more people are missing. There is a basement in the building, and we are trying to reach there,” he said.
DM Sambhal Manish Bansal stated that officials are searching for those trapped in the debris with sniffer dogs.
“NDRF is searching for the trapped people with the help of sniffer dogs. We have increased our force for the morning. Other teams of NDRF and SDRF will also come by morning,” he said.
Chakresh Mishra, Superintendent of Police (SP) Sambhal, stated that an FIR has been filed against the owner.
“FIR registered against the owner and two others. We have detained four people for questioning. The main accused are absconding and are being searched. We will be able to tell the real reason for the collapse of this building only after the debris is removed,” he said.
According to officials, the event occurred at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday. Before, it was reported that the godown was already in disrepair. The owners were recognised as Ankur Agarwal and Rohit Agarwal by officials. According to Moradabad DIG Shalabh Mathur, both owners have been arrested.
“An FIR has been registered in the matter. Two accused (Ankur Agarwal and Rohit Agarwal) have been booked under section 304. Both the accused are the property owners where the incident took place,” he said.
The DIG further added, “ADM-level inquiry has also been conducted in this matter. The part of the cold storage that has collapsed was constructed some time ago and it was not constructed following the laid down standards”.