Railing too low, woman falls to death
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.