Majerhat bridge collapse: Suo-motu case registered at Alipore police station

05 September 2018, 04:57 PM
Majerhat bridge collapse: 1 dead, 21 injured; rescue operation on (Photo Source: PTI)
Majerhat bridge collapse: 1 dead, 21 injured; rescue operation on (Photo Source: PTI)

In yet another tragic incident, a section of the 50-year-old Majerhat bridge on the arterial Diamond Harbour Road in south Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday evening, leaving one dead, trapping several people and crushing many a vehicle. The search and rescue operation is still underway to clear the place.

The Majerhat bridge, which runs over the Majerhat Railway Station and connects the city centre with the heavily populated Behala, vast areas of the southwest suburbs and neighbouring South 24 Parganas district, caved at around 4.45 pm during rush hour.

Following the mishap, police confirmed the death of one person while declared 21 others, including three women injured.

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Here are the highlights on Majerhat bridge collapse:

# 01:36 pm: Suo-motu case registered at Alipur police station against unknown responsible persons (maintenance agency) under sections 304, 308, 427 and 34 of IPC.

# 01:07 pm: 1 death is confirmed. 2 people are feared trapped in debris. Rescue operations underway. Beams of flyover are really heavy so it's taking time to cut them and rescue people. Case will be registered against those responsible: DC (south) Meeraj Khalid on Majerhat bridge collapse.

# 11:12 am: My brother worked here. 2 people, including him, are trapped under debris. I told the police officers about it but they have not taken any step: Partho Deb, brother of a metro construction worker allegedly trapped under the debris of Majerhat bridge in South Kolkata.

# 07:05 am: Latest visuals of search and rescue operations at the spot where part of Majerhat bridge collapsed yesterday. Clearance work is also underway.

The victim, who has been identified as Soumen Bag, was a resident of Thakurpukur Bag and returning home from College Street in central Kolkata when the tragedy took place. The injured, on the other hand, have been shifted to nearby SSKM and CMRI hospitals.

One minibus, four cars and a few motorbikes were also hit by the Majerhat bridge collapse in the crowded Alipore area.

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Meanwhile, chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently in Darjeeling, ordered a probe into the incident. She has also announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of the dead and Rs 50,00 each to the injured.

Banerjee said she will cut shot her Darjeeling tour and flew to Kolkata to take a stock of the situation.

First Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 07:50 AM
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