Sambhal: The incident took place at AR cold storage in the Chandausi area of the Sambhal district. Around sixteen people are feared trapped under the debris after the roof of a potato cold storage collapsed in the Chandausi area of Sambhal in UP, informed officials. Officials confirmed a total of eight people were killed and so far 11 have been rescued. Cold storage building collapse in Uttar Pradesh: 8 killed, 11 rescued.
The rescue operation are on, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are carrying out the operations. The incident took place at AR cold storage in the Chandausi area of the Sambhal district.
According to the reports, the godown was already in a dilapidated condition. “A total of 9 people have been rescued till now among which one is in critical condition. The SDRF team and NDRF team is present at the spot. A rescue operation is underway,” DM Sambal said.
Moradabad DIG Shalabh Mathur said that eight people have been killed in the incident. “A total of eight people have died and 11 people have been rescued. Some more people are missing. There is a basement in the building, and we are trying to reach there,” he said.
Sambhal DM Manish Bansal further said that the officials are using sniffer dogs to search for the people trapped in the debris. “NDRF is searching for the trapped people with the help of sniffer dogs. We have increased our force for the morning. Other teams of NDRF and SDRF will also come by morning,” he said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Sambhal, Chakresh Mishra said that FIR has been registered against the owner. “FIR registered against the owner and two others. We have detained four people for questioning. The main accused are absconding and are being searched. We will be able to tell the real reason for the collapse of this building only after the debris is removed,” he said.
The incident happened around 11.30 am on Thursday, the officials said. Earlier, it was reported that the godown was already in a dilapidated condition. According to the officials, the owners were identified as Ankur Agarwal and Rohit Agarwal.
Moradabad DIG Shalabh Mathur said that the police have booked both the owners. “An FIR has been registered in the matter. Two accused (Ankur Agarwal and Rohit Agarwal) have been booked under section 304. Both the accused are the property owners where the incident took place,” he said.
The DIG further added, “ADM-level inquiry has also been conducted in this matter. The part of the cold storage that has collapsed was constructed some time ago and it was not constructed following the laid down standards”.
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