Gokulpuri Metro Collapse Victim Had Just Returned from Village After Daughter’s Engagement


Gokulpuri Metro Station is located on the Pink line of DMRC. (Image: News18)

Gokulpuri Metro Station is located on the Pink line of DMRC. (Image: News18)

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced Rs 25 lakh for the family of the deceased, Rs 5 lakh for those grievously injured and Rs 1 lakh for minor injuries

The man who lost his life after a portion of the Gokulpuri Metro Station collapsed on Thursday, had just returned to Delhi two days ago from his hometown in Uttar Pradesh after celebrating his younger daughter’s engagement.

In the tragic incident that happened in the national capital, the man was on his scooter when he came under the debris of the collapsed wall of the elevated station platform on the Pink Line of the Delhi Metro. According to the police, four more people suffered injuries in the incident that took place at around 11 am.

The 53-year-old deceased is survived by his wife and three children — two daughters and a son. Pandey hailed from Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur and his family members stayed there. One of his daughters is married and resides with her husband in Delhi’s Karawal Nagar area.

On learning about the incident, Pandey’s son Shivam rushed to the hospital.  While talking to the media, he said, “I got a call around 12 pm about the incident. I did not inform my family back home but I immediately called my brother-in-law Vikas Mishra, who works in Delhi. He reached the spot and later asked me to come to the GTB hospital.”

“I got to know about my Papa’s death after reaching there,” an inconsolable Shivam added.

The deceased’s son-in-law, while speaking to PTI said, “My father-in-law had returned from Sultanpur two days ago after his younger daughter’s engagement ceremony.” He further said that Pandey’s son Shivam had come with his father to Delhi for a few days.

He said his father-in-law was staying in Karawal Nagar and worked as a rice delivery agent.

Describing the tragic incident, Mishra said, ”My father-in-law had collected a bag of rice from a shop in Karawal Nagar and was on his way to GTB Enclave to deliver it. He was passing under the Gokulpuri Metro Station on his electric scooter when the portion of the metro station collapsed on him.”

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced Rs 25 lakh for the family of the deceased, Rs 5 lakh for those grievously injured and Rs 1 lakh for minor injuries.

When asked about the announcement of the compensation by DMRC, Mishra said that they have no idea about the same. The incident took place around 11 am when a boundary wall on the eastern side of the elevated platform and part of a slab fell on the road below, according to a police officer. Some portion of the slab was hanging due to which the road was cordoned off.

The police said that those who have been injured are out of danger and was undergoing treatment at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Two motorcycles and as many scooters were damaged in the collapse. The family members of the injured persons — Ajit Kumar (21) and Mohammad Tazir (24) of Loni, Monu (19) and Sandeep (27) of Gokulpuri — demanded strict action against the guilty.

“We got to know about the compensation. We would like to request that the government provide better compensation to the family members of Ajit,” Aakash Kumar, one of his family members said.

Ajit’s friend Deepak Kumar said, ”Ajit works as a mechanic at the tyre market near the Gokulpuri Metro Station. He was going for some work when the slab fall on him.” Deepak said Ajit’s leg got fractured due to the incident. He added that Ajit is the only earning member of his house and that is father is not keeping well. He also has to take care of five sisters and ailing parents.

“We demand strict action against those who are guilty,” Deepak further said. He added that injured Monu, Sandeep, and Tazir also work in the tyre market and suffered minor injuries in the incident.

(with PTI inputs)

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