Hyderabad: Two children, both sisters, died allegedly after a pillar collapsed on them while they were playing at a construction site at Bella Vista villas in Gopanpally, Chandanagar, late on Friday.
The victims were identified as Ammulu (6) and Pravalika (3), children of Dastagiri, a labourer and Thirumala. The couple had migrated along with their children to Hyderabad from Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh in search of work.
The family stayed in a temporary house on the site and the couple was working on the construction site for the last 25 days. As the children do not go to school, they were left at the house.
According to the Chandanagar police, on Friday morning around 9 am, the couple left for work leaving the children at home. They went to work at another villa which was under construction leaving the children to play at Villa No. B-37, along with other children.
“While the children were playing under the veranda of the villa, a pillar constructed with cement bricks to support the veranda suddenly collapsed and fell on them,” police said
The villa, according to the police, was completed a month ago barring a few finishing works. No work was being taken up at the time of the incident.
“It is still to be known how it collapsed as there was neither work being taken up nor rain in the last couple of days. The entire structure collapsed on them and the children were trapped under the debris. They suffered grievous bleeding injuries on the head and legs,” police said.
Other labourers who were working close to the spot retrieved the children from under the debris and informed their parents. They were first shifted to a private hospital in Nallagandla from where they were taken to Gandhi Hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment late in the night.
Based on a complaint, the Chandanagar police have booked a case for negligence causing death against the construction contractor and are investigating.
The bodies were handed over to the family after autopsy.