Kejriwal orders magisterial probe, compensation in Delhi building collapse

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ordered a magisterial probe into a building collapse in north-west Delhi’s Ashok Vihar and announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased.

Four children and a 40-year-old woman died and seven others were seriously injured when a four-storey building collapsed here early on Wednesday, police said.

Many people are still feared trapped in the rubble of the two-decade-old building.

Kejriwal visited the injured at Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital and also visited the site of building collapse with officials.

“I have ordered a magisterial probe. The Delhi government will also give compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased,” he told reporters.

Kejriwal, attacking the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation, said MCD has the responsibility of a building’s safety.

“Municipal corporation has the responsibility of safety of buildings. They (MCDs) will have to strictly enforce the law,” he said.