23 killed, 15 injured in roof collapse in Uttar Pradesh's Muradnagar
- The roof collapsed when over 25 people had taken shelter under the structure
- Divisional Commissioner of Meerut said an investigation into the matter is being conducted
- A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was rushed to the spot
At least 23 people were killed and 15 injured after a shed collapsed in Uttar Pradesh's Muradnagar. The roof collapsed when several people had taken shelter under the structure while it was raining. The dead, who were relatives of Jai Ram, who was being cremated at that time.
Rescue workers sifted through the building's rubble for hours to ensure that more victims were not trapped there.
The local people were the first to arrive at the cremation ground in Muradnagar’s Ukhlarsi village in Ghaziabad district, adjoining the national capital.
Police followed by a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) unit then reached the spot, pulling out the dead and the injured from the debris.
Apart from the 23 dead, 15 people were admitted at different hospitals, Ghaziabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police Iraj Raja said. At least 18 of the dead had been identified by the evening.
Talking about the incident, Anita C Meshram, Divisional Commissioner, Meerut, said: "We've started a probe and we'll take strict action against those found guilty."
Hours later, rescue workers were still going through the rubble to locate more victims, Ghaziabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police Iraj Raja said. Several people are admitted to hospitals.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been rushed to the spot.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, too, expressed grief over the incident.
The chief minister directed officials to give financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased, a statement issued by the state government said.
The chief minister also directed the Divisional Commissioner of Meerut and ADG Meerut zone to submit a report in this connection.