(Source: The Tribune India)
On April 5, the roof of a four-storeyed auto parts factory collapsed, killing 4 laborers and leaving 7 injured. The incident happened in the industrial area along Daba Road in Ludhiana. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescued nearly 35 people after the incident occurred at 9.50 am at Jasmail Singh and Sons (the factory at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar). It is feared that four people are trapped under the debris. Varinder Kumar Sharma, the Ludhiana deputy commissioner said, "Nearly 40 laborers were trying to lift the lintel level on the third floor when the structure collapsed." Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry. They also asked the Patiala divisional commissioner to submit a report within two weeks. The CM has announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh each for the deceased's family and free treatment for the injured. Due to poor safety compliance and illegal construction, the industrial hub of Ludhiana is prone to disasters. Surinder Singh Bindra, the MC master town planner, said - “The owner was trying to extend the structure of the building by placing jacks on the third floor. There is no provision under the law to make any such alteration." The factory was operating in violation of building bylaws. They have registered a case under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code against Jaswinder Singh Sonu (the factory owner) and Mohammad Harun (the contractor). Police commissioner Rakesh Agrawal said both are on the run. The police informed that they have identified the deceased as Mustakeen and Sagar Kumar, both residents of Bihar, and Peechu and Imtiaz of Kakowal road, Ludhiana. At 4 am, the contractor had started the construction work. Locals gathered at the spot to help after the roof collapsed. Soon, the police, fire brigade, NDRF, and SDRF teams arrived at the spot. The son of the owner of an electroplating unit adjoining the factory, Kanwaldeep Singh said that it fell on five of his laborers, killing one on the spot.