Shimla: Thirteen soldiers and a civilian were killed and 28 others rescued after a four-storey “unsafe” building in Himachal Pradesh’s Kumarhatti town where Assam Rifles troopers were holding a party collapsed due to rain, officials said on Monday.
Deputy Commissioner K.C. Chaman told that 30 soldiers and 12 civilians were trapped in the debris and rescued after an over 22 hour operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police. The 28 people who were rescued comprised 17 soldiers and 11 civilians. The dead also included the building owner’s wife. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, along with Minister Rajiv Saizal, MP Suresh Kashyap and Assembly Speaker Rajiv Bindal, visited the spot and also met the rescued people. According to officials, the incident took place at around 4 p.m. on Sunday when soldiers, belonging to the 4th Battalion of Assam Rifles from nearby Dagshai Cantonment, were having a party at the roadside eatery-cum-residential complex which caved in due to weak foundation. (IANS)