Four builders held for negligence over deaths of three labourers, ET RealEstate

September 12, 2023

AHMEDABAD: Four builders accused in the Naroda cave-in which killed three construction workers, were arrested on Monday and later released on bail. Naroda police booked Tarun Patel, Anil Patel, Suresh Patel and Ashwin Suthar under IPC sections 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) for the fatal cave-in at their construction site.

Naroda inspector S J Bhatiya said the four named in the complaint by Rajasthan resident Dungar Baranda, were arrested and released on bail since the offence is bailable. Baranda lost his wife Jivi and two other family members, Kalu and Natwar Pardhi, in the incident.

He said Baranda registered a complaint on Saturday stating that work on the basement at the site of Fortune Empire had been completed and work on the first floor’s ceiling was underway.

Excavation for another block had reached nearly 25 feet, Baranda stated in the complaint, adding that there was no safety precaution against the excavated soil. This resulted in a cave-in that buried five labourers who were cleaning the basement.

Baranda said Jivi, Kalu and Natwar were buried under the soil and declared dead upon arrival at a private hospital in Naroda.

The Bandhakam Majdoor Sangathan has demanded strong action against those responsible for the incident. Vipul Pandya, secretary of the workers’ body said, “Police should set an example by taking strict action against the builder because there was no safety for labourers and despite the possibility of disaster due to rain, the builder continued work at the site. The builder should pay damages to the victims’ families.”

He added that there has been a rise in such incidents. “In 2022, 45 construction labourers lost their lives due to accidents at sites. Many builders do not follow the safety rules listed under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act 1996.”

  • Published On Sep 12, 2023 at 04:30 PM IST

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