Wall collapse: Contractor held, councillor absconding
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A day after three workers died while digging an illegal basement of an SCO near Jalandhar bypass after the wall of an adjoining building collapsed on them, Salem Tabri police arrested the contractor Nirmal Singh, on Saturday, while Independent councillor and owner of the building Randhir Singh Sibia is still absconding.
Meanwhile, the families of the dead labourers staged a protest near New Sabzi Mandi demanding immediate arrest of all the accused. They also demanded compensation from authorities.
The three who lost their lives were Jagdish Yadav alias Ram Yadav (35) from Nepal, Manohar Lal (38) from Haripur Khalsa of Phillaur and Ram lal (45) from Bhora village.
The 20-year-old daughter of Ram Lal, at the cremation of her father, said: "Our family of six members was completely dependent on my father. We will be moving back to Uttar Pradesh as survival in Ludhiana is no more possible."
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