One dead in Darjeeling building collapse, one held

Siliguri (West Bengal), June 2 (IANS) A building collapsed in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district in the wee hours of Thursday killing one person and severely injuring six others, police said. One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

An old four-storeyed building, owned by Lakpa Nupu Sherpa in Pokhriabong Bazar at Darjeeling, collapsed at 4.30 a.m. on Thursday allegedly due to “negligent construction” of a new building adjacent to it.

“Seven labourers were asleep in the building and six of them received severe injuries while one labourer, aged 30, died on the spot,” a police official of Sukhiapokhari police station said.

Following a complaint by Sushita Pradhan, a resident of Pokhriabong Bazar, a police case was registered against the owner Lakpa Nupu Sherpa.

“The accused named in the FIR has been arrested. The body of the deceased has been sent to hospital for post mortem examination. The situation in the area is peaceful,” a police officer said.

–IANS

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