The police found out during the inquiry that the repairing work of the railway track has been going on for 2 to 3 months at Yamuna Khadar.
A 25 to 30 feet scaffolding collapsed during the repair of the railway track. The accident resulted in the death of a 20-year-old young daily wage earner and injuries to eight others. The accident occurred in east Delhi – Yamuna’s Khadar on late Wednesday.
The dead man was identified as Mohammad Shahzad, a 20-year-old from Alwar in Rajasthan. According to the police, the incident was reported at 10 pm when the scaffolding constructed by the laborers, collapsed when a total of nine workers were perched on it. The scaffolding was constructed to help laborers reach the railway bridge for repair. The police reported the eight other workers with injuries are now in stable condition.
The construction work was being done by the Northern Railway through a contractor. The contractor got booked for death due to negligence and police are making efforts to track him down. The railway authorities told the police that the project was given to a private contractor who hired over 25-30 men on contract.
The contractor Ramzan Khan has been booked under IPC (Indian Penal Code) section 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery), 337 (for causing hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life) and 304A (for causing death due to negligence).
The police found out during the inquiry that the repairing work of the railway track has been going on for 2 to 3 months at Yamuna Khadar. The repair of the bridge was also in the contract to be repaired. The laborers blamed the contractor as he did not provide any safety equipment. An initial probe by the police revealed that one of the supporting pipes of the scaffolding bent leading to the collapse.
The eight injured were identified as Sonu Nishad, 20, Raghubir Lal, 22, Sohib, 20, Kali Bhawan, 22, Sudhir, 38, Golu, 20, Anis Khan, 20 and Imran, 21. Most of them are from different areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Shahzad’s body is sent for post-mortem and information about the same has been sent to his family in Rajasthan. Shahzad was living alone in Delhi for the past two years.