• Short Summary

    AT LEAST 27 PEOPLE WERE CRUSHED TO DEATH AND 150 INJURED WHEN A CONCRETE SLAB COLLAPSED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPLE IN PALITANA IN THE STATE OF GUJERAT.

  • Description

    AT LEAST 27 PEOPLE WERE CRUSHED TO DEATH AND 150 INJURED WHEN A CONCRETE SLAB COLLAPSED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPLE IN PALITANA IN THE STATE OF GUJERAT. NEARLY 400 WORKERS WERE BUILDING THE TEMPLE AND THE CASUALTY FIGURE MAY BE HIGHER STILL. THE TEMPLE, BELONGING TO THE STRICT HINDU JAIN SECT, WAS BEING BUILT ON THE TOP OF A HILL KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE 'HOLY MOUNTAIN'.

    THE WALLED HILLTOP OF THE 'HOLY MOUNTAIN', WITH GATES ENCLOSING SEVERAL TEMPLES, IS A FAVOURITE PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE, SINCE THE 11TH CENTURY, FOR MEMBER OF THE JAIN SECT.

    STUDENTS JOINED POLICE AND FIREMEN IN CLEARING THE DEBRIS IN ATTEMPTS TO RESCUE TRAPPED WORKMEN. THE DEPUTY MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS OF GUJERAT STATE SAID THAT AN INQUIRY HAS BEEN ORDERED. THE SLAB WORK WAS BEING CARRIED OUT BY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR, AND THE SLAB COLLAPSED WHEN IT WAS BEING FITTED BY WORKERS.

    THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE NEARBY BHAVNAGER TOWN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL MEET ALL THE MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR THE INJURED PEOPLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5VX2X48WC61UV0FRALROKTMVR
    Media URN:
    VLVA5VX2X48WC61UV0FRALROKTMVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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