Rewa/Bhopal (MP): Nine labourers were killed and 12 injured on Monday when a huge wall of an under-construction rice mill collapsed at Jiula village in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.
Over 100 labourers were feared trapped under the debris. But after rescue operations, only 12 labourers were found to have suffered serious injuries while rest of them remained unhurt, official sources said.
Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry and Minister In-charge of Rewa district, Ajay Vishnoi, told reporters that nine labourers were killed and 12 injured in the incident.
At the time of the mishap, over 100 labourers were working at the site. The incident occurred around 3 PM when the wall of the rice mill gave way, trapping the labourers, sources said.
The building belongs to Mahendra Shukla, brother of Madhya Pradesh Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla. The injured were admitted in a government hospital, Vishnoi said. The incident occurred as the time-frame and guidelines, needed to be followed while constructing such structures, were violated, sources at the spot said.
The Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh to the kin of those killed in the incident, Rs 50,000 to seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.
The deceased labourers have been identified but their names were not available. A magisterial probe by an Additional Collector has been ordered into the incident. Madhya Pradesh Assembly's former Speaker, Sriniwas Tiwari, after visiting the spot, alleged the incident took place as sub-standard construction was going on at the site in connivance with the owner of the under-construction mill.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Ajay Singh, demanded a compensation of Rs five lakh each for the deceased persons.


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