The building was occupied by 14 persons of four different families who were residing on separate floors. (Agencies)
"Ten people including five children and three women have been killed in the building collapse while two persons have been injured," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North)
Two escaped unhurt as they had left early for work, police said.
The deceased have been identified as Asif (10), Adiba (14), Rehan (7), Mohammad Izaz (24), Mohammad Uzale (22), Imtiyaz (24), Rubina (30), Sahana (28), Sabba (5) and Abdul
Aadib (7). The injured who are under treatment at Bara Hindu Rao hospital are Abdul Rashid (38) and Mohammad Naeem (39). The lucky two were Pappu and Tanveer.
Police have registered a case of causing death by negligence against the owner of the adjacent building as it has emerged that the foundation of the building which collapsed was weakened due to the digging on his plot.
"Based on the statement of Abdul Rashid who owns the building and is also one of the injured a case under section 304A was registered at the Sarai Rohilla police station against the adjacent building owner. The owner and the contractor of the adjacent building identified as Javed is currently absconding," said Verma.
An assistant engineer and a junior engineer of NDMC's Karol Bagh zone have been suspended, NDMC PRO Yogendra Singh Mann said, adding that an inquiry has been ordered into the incident in Inderlok area.
"The Commissioner has ordered an inquiry into the incident under Additional Commissioner (Engineering) of the corporation and errant civic officials in this connection will not be spared, if found guilty of any irregularity," he said.
Congress, AAP demand probe constituted by Jung
Congress and Aam Admi Party hit out at the BJP-led municipal corporations over the
building collapse in north Delhi and demanded that the Lt Governor should order a "probe" into the incident.
Both the parties also alleged that such incidents occurred due to the "irresponsible attitude" of the civic bodies.
"Such incidents happening regularly is due to the irresponsible attitude of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)," DPCC chief spokesperson and senior leader Mukesh Sharma alleged, and added that "it (NDMC) cannot escape from its responsibility with the suspension of just two engineers."
Meanwhile, AAP held the alleged "nexus" between the builder mafia and the corporation responsible for the incident.
"The builder mafia is spreading its influence and all the three corporations which form a part of the MCD appear to be actively conniving by allowing their illegal activities to go unchecked," the AAP alleged in a statement.
"Lt Governor should immediately order a judicial probe into how the building collapse took place to find out the reality and fix responsibility by ensuring exemplary punishment for those guilty of lapses that led to this unpardonable incident," said the party.
Sharma also demanded that a high-level inquiry be constituted by Jung to probe the incident along with providing financial assistance to the families of those injured.
The erstwhile unified MCD was in 2012 trifurcated into three corporations -- NDMC(North Delhi Municipal Corporation), SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation and EDMC (East Delhi Municipal Corporation).
The building was occupied by 14 persons of four different families who were residing on separate floors.