Varanasi flyover collapse: Death toll rises to 18, officials suspended

A tragic accident took place at Varanasi on Tuesday evening when a under construction flyover collapsed all of a sudden on the running road and crushed a mini bus, cars and several two-wheelers leaving at least 18 dead with several injured. The death toll may rise as several people are under critical conditions and some may even have stuck under the debris.

However, the higher official involved in the construction work have suspended immediately.The incident took place at Tuesday evening when a huge portion of under construction flyover collapsed killing 18 persons while more are still trapped under the debris which may increase the death toll.

The flyover collapse because of the faulty construction of several pillars and the FIR has been lodged at the Sigra police station. However, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya immediately passed an order to suspend the four higher senior officials involved in the construction work.

The suspended officials include HC Tiwari, Chief project manager, K R Sudan- project manager, Rajesh Singh- assistant engineer and Lal Chand- engineer at the prime facia investigation.

FIR under section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 427 (mischief) of the Indian penal code have been registered.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief with the tragedy by tweeting, “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under- construction flyover in Varanasi. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected”.

With the immediate investigation, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set up a three-member committee for the flyover collapse further investigation and has asked to give a report within 48 hours.

He also directed to the PWD officials and district administration to provide every necessary step for the rescue and relief operations. CM Yogi has announced the compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the deceased while Rs 2 lakh for the seriously injured.




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