Part of private university building under construction in Mohali collapses, 1 dead, 5 injured


A supervisor was killed and five workers injured after part of a building under construction at Plaksha University collapsed in Sector 101 of Mohali IT town around 11pm on Saturday.

The deceased was identified as Honey Kumar, 27, a machine supervisor at the site. The injured workers are Darshan Singh, Hakum Singh, Awadh, Prem Chand and Dev Lal. They were discharged after treatment.

Inquiry Officer (IO) Kewal Singh said the incident happened as workers were building a bridge to connect two blocks of buildings. Just as they were about to apply the concrete mix, the bridge collapsed and the supervisor standing under the bridge was trapped in the rubble.

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He was pulled from the rubble after an hour-long operation and taken to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The IO announced that preliminary proceedings had been initiated under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The deceased, who lived in Jhanheri Village in Mohali, is survived by his wife and one-year-old son.

Mohali Sub-Division Magistrates (SDM) Harbans Singh is conducting an investigation into the incident.

A spokesman for the university said in a press release: “There was an unfortunate incident last night at an area under construction on the university campus. This has resulted in one fatality among the construction workers and some injuries. All other workers, students and employees are doing well. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased worker and offer our full support to the family and injured workers. We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.”

The Letter of Intent (permit) for the establishment of Plaksha University on 50 acres in Alfa IT City was approved by then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh last August and construction is well underway. There is also an admissions process at the university.


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