Mysore, Mar. 13 (ACP&DM)- In a tragic incident, a construction worker was killed on the spot and three others injured when an apartment building near the City Police Commissioner's Office collapsed suddenly when it was being demolished by its owner.

About 40 workers were engaged in gas cutting operations for the demolition of Imperial Homes Apartment near the Commissioner's office at 5.30 pm yesterday when the tragedy struck, it is learnt.

While three of the workers managed to come out of the building, one was trapped under the debris.

Inamulla alias Pintu (22) of Kolkata is the unfortunate victim, whose body was severed into half while Shakeel (24), one of the three workers who managed to come out, had his hand severed in the building collapse. Shakeel along with the two other injured Shah Jaham (24) and Mazharulla (22) have been admitted to Gopal Gowda Shanthaveri Hospital.

The four-storeyed apartment, built in 1996, had failed to attract buyers and hence was sord to M.S. Ramaiah Group recently. The owner decided to demolish the building to construct a Medical College, it is learnt.

The demolition contract was awarded to Bangalore-based Kohinoor Demolishers and the work was going on for the past one-and-half months. The company's supervisor Sultan was present with the 40 Kolkata based workers when the building collapsed. The demolition work was being carried out without any protective equipment, according to Police.

The Police who arrived at the spot, summoned the fire brigade personnel into the service for rescue operations.

About 15 fire personnel led by Fire Officer Gurulingaiah undertook an operation under tower lights to recover the body of Inamulla.

Nazarbad Police, who have arrested supervisor Sultan, have registered a case of negligence against the contractor.

Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, DCP Rajendra Prasad, ACPs V.A. Poojar and Vishnuvardhan, Nazarbad Inspector Jayaram visited the spot and supervised the rescue operations.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore