Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police today registered case against five persons including three top officials of Panda Infra, the construction company which undertook the works of the flyover that collapsed yesterday.
One person was killed and at least 15 others injured on Sunday when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bhubaneswar, police said.
While several persons were feared to have been trapped under the debris of the flyover in Bomikhal area, no other casualty reported after the completion of rescue work.
Satyabrat Patnaik (40), a resident of Mancheswar area here, was killed while returning home after picking up his minor daughter, Sheetal (10), who was injured, from a dance class,.
Expressing grief, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Rs five lakh to the bereaved family and free treatment to the injured.
A communication from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said stern action will be taken against those found guilty (both from construction firm and officials from the works department) during the course of the investigation. On the basis of the preliminary investigation, the government suspended deputy executive engineer (road and building division) Bansidhar Praharaj and assistant engineer Kishore Rout.
Works secretary Nalini Kanta Pradhan and chief engineer (roads) Om Prakash Patel had rushed to the spot on hearing the news of the accident.
Patel said: “Prima facie it appears that iron scaffoldings supporting the structure was not of required strength and that led to the collapse of the under-construction portion. A detailed inquiry will be conducted to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.”
Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra demanded Rs 1 crore ex-gratia for next kin of the deceased instead of Rs 5 lakh that was announced by the Chief Minister and said the issue would be raised in the Assembly.
“This seems to be a case of criminal neglect and omission by the contractor and those associated with the construction of the bridge. Criminal proceedings should be initiated against them. The chief minister, himself, heads the works department, and he is accountable for the mishap,” said the Congress leader.