Groom among 15 of baraat fall into drain as bridge col­lapses

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - REGION - Vaibhav Jha [email protected]

Fif­teen per­sons, part of a wedding pro­ces­sion (baraat) that in­cluded the groom, fell into a drain when the bridge they were danc­ing on col­lapsed in Hoshi­yarpur vil­lage of Noida’s Sec­tor 52 on Satur­day night. Two chil­dren were in­jured.

The in­ci­dent took place around 9.30pm when 15 per­sons, in­clud­ing the groom, were danc­ing on a small bridge that col­lapsed all of a sud­den. The bridge, built over a drain, con­nected the Olive Gar­den wedding ban­quet hall’s gate to its lawn. Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, the wedding pro­ces­sion had been danc­ing for over 10 min­utes on the bridge.

“We re­ceived in­for­ma­tion around 9.30pm that a bridge had col­lapsed in Hoshi­yarpur vil­lage in Sec­tor 52, and over a dozen peo­ple had fallen into a drain. Two chil­dren, aged be­low 8 years, were in­jured and were rushed to a nearby pri­vate hospi­tal for med­i­cal as­sis­tance. No case was reg­is­tered; both the par­ties reached an agree­ment,” Mithilesh Upad­hyay, sta­tion house of­fi­cer, Sec­tor 24 po­lice sta­tion, said.

A ruckus en­sued af­ter the ac­ci­dent and it was only af­ter the ban­quet hall owner paid ₹3 lakh in cash to the bride’s fam­ily that the wedding re­sumed.

The groom was iden­ti­fied as 35-year-old Amit Ya­dav, a busi­ness­man from Indi­ra­pu­ram, Ghazi­abad, and the bride was 32-year-old Sonam, a res­i­dent of Kondli in Delhi. Sonam’s father Phool Ku­mar had booked the place for the wedding on Fe­bru­ary 9.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­cu­rity guard who was an eye­wit­ness to the in­ci­dent, the bride’s fam­ily was stand­ing at the other end of the bridge to wel­come the baraat.

“Nearly 15 baraatis danced for about 10 min­utes on the bridge, while the oth­ers walked over it to get to the lawn. The baraatis who stopped at the bridge to dance in­cluded the groom,” the guard said.

Su­mit Ya­dav, Amit’s younger brother, said that the wedding venue had no other exit than the col­lapsed bridge.

“The bride’s father and mother were stand­ing at the other end of the bridge to wel­come the groom. It was quite em­bar­rass­ing for us. Many of us lost our mo­bile phones and jewellery when we fell into the drain. The place had no emer­gency or al­ter­nate exit,” Su­mit said.

OP Sharma, the owner of Olive Gar­den, said that the bridge’s col­lapse was an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent.

“We have been in busi­ness for the past 15 years; this is the first time that such an in­ci­dent took place. We apol­o­gised and re­turned ev­ery penny we took from the bride’s side. The wedding cer­e­mony re­sumed af­ter the ac­ci­dent,” Sharma said.

The bride’s father wrote to the wedding or­gan­is­ers stat­ing that he did not wish to file a com­plaint.

“Luck­ily, no one was griev­ously in­jured in the ac­ci­dent, and to com­pen­sate for our loss, the or­gan­is­ers paid us ₹3 lakh. We do not wish to file any com­plaint,” he said.

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Luck­ily, no one was griev­ously in­jured in the ac­ci­dent, and to com­pen­sate for our loss, the or­gan­is­ers paid us ₹3 lakh. We do not wish to file any com­plaint.

PHOOL KU­MAR, bride’s father

The bridge, built over a drain, con­nected the Olive Gar­den wedding ban­quet hall’s gate to its lawn. SU­NIL GHOSH/HT PHOTO

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