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Metro worker dies as iron beam fell

A 24-year-old construction worker was killed and two others were injured after an iron beam being dismantled fell on them at a metro station construction site in Electronic City on Thursday.

The incident occurred near Veerasandra Junction at 6:30 pm. S Kantha Senapati, a construction worker from Odisha, and two others were dismantling the structure using a chain-pulley when the beam fell on them from over 10 feet height. All three workers were immediately rushed to a hospital, where Senapati succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning. 

An FIR was registered against Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) under section 304(A) of the IPC (causing death by negligence) at the Electronic City police station. “We have registered a case against BMRCL officials based on the complaint given by the victim’s cousin. In the complaint, it was stated that the beam has fallen from above. We are investigating the incident,” Kishore Kumar, police inspector at Electronic City police station, told.

The victim’s body was shifted to the mortuary at St John’s Medical College Hospital and a post-mortem was conducted on Saturday. 

The incident comes a month after BMRCL stated that a total of 22 people have been killed and four others injured in construction work since 2013. Authorities said they do not have records of workers who were injured or killed between 2007 and 2013.

Reacting to the incident, BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth told the Times of India, “It was a construction accident. An iron beam from the support arrangement fell while being dismantled.”

The Huskur Metro Station is being built at the site of the incident. The station was proposed in the Yellow Line of the Bengaluru Metro’s Phase 2 between Electronic City and Hebbagodi stations. The yellow line will connect RV Road and Bommasandra in the city and will have 16 elevated metro stations. Huskur was one of the elevated metro stations.  

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