Congress expresses sorrow over building collapse

Cong expressed sorrow over the east Delhi building collapse incident that has killed at least 65 persons and injured 130 and hoped the inquiry into the incident will look into the aspect of negligence if any by agencies concerned.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 22:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress today expressed
sorrow over the east Delhi building collapse incident that has
killed at least 65 persons and injured 130 and hoped the
inquiry into the incident will look into the aspect of
negligence if any by agencies concerned.

"I have heard Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
saying that she has ordered an inquiry. If the inquiry takes
place, its Terms of Reference will ask for finding out who
showed negligence and who were responsible for it," party
spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.
He said the agencies, which look after these things
should ensure that such incidents does not happen in future.

Ahmed said that the party hopes that the agencies
concerned will carry out the rescue work properly and
dependents of the deceased would be provided adequate
compensation.

Earlier, Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the
survivors and asked authorities to take adequate measures to
help the affected.

The UPA chairperson said that strict action should be
taken against the guilty. She asked hospital authorities to
take measures to help patients, Delhi Pradesh Congress
President J P Agarwal, who accompanied her during the visit,
told reporters here.

Dikshit said already a magisterial inquiry has
been ordered and strong action would be taken against those
found responsible for the collapse.

"Strict action would be taken against the guilty...The
builder is absconding," she said.

At least 65 were killed and 130 injured when the
four-storey building came crashing down in Lakshmi Nagar area
last evening.

-PTI