Rail­ing too low, woman falls to death

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE -

ZIRAKPUR: A 55-year-old woman lost her life af­ter she fell from the bal­cony of flat on fifth floor of Nir­mal Ch­haya Tow­ers sit­u­ated at VIP Road here on Wed­nes­day. The fam­ily has blamed the ar­chi­tec­ture of the build­ing, par­tic­u­larly the low rail­ing on the bal­cony, for the mishap.

The po­lice sta­tion house of­fi­cer (SHO), Trilochan Singh, said the pri­vate builder who de­vel­oped the project could be booked un­der sec­tion 304A of the In­dian Pe­nal Code for neg­li­gence lead­ing to death. No FIR was, how­ever, lodged de­spite com­plaints by the fam­ily, even as the body was sent for post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion to the Dera Bassi civil hospi­tal.

Eye­wit­nesses said Dar­shan At­tri, wife of Ra­j­pal At­tri, a res­i­dent of Flat No 506 C-3, came out in bal­cony to hang clothes for dry­ing when she slipped, tripped over the low grill, and fell to the ground floor, re­sult­ing in in­stant death.

He son and mem­bers of the Nir­mal Ch­haya Res­i­dents’ Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion expressed re­sent­ment over the in­ci­dent. As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Bheem­sen Garg al­leged that the grills in the bal­conies were only 2.5 feet high. “The gap be­tween the rail­ings also poses a threat to chil­dren. De­spite re­peated com­plaints, the builder has done noth­ing,” he said. Project gen­eral man­ager VK Singh did not respond to phone calls.

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