Illegal construction demolishes at Indore temple after 36 killed in stepwell collapse

Indore Municipal Corporation deployed bulldozers on Monday to demolished illegal construction at the Beleshwar Jhulelal Mahadev Temple, where 36 people were killed last Thursday after its floor caved into a stepwell.

District administration officials and police personnel were present in strength as bulldozers rolled in. The floor of a stepwell of the temple located in Patel Nagar of the city caved in during a Havan on the day of Ram Navami.

The mishap occurred at the Beleshwar Jhulelal Mahadev Temple around 11am on March 30 when a havan was being organised on the occasion of Ram Navami festival. The roof of the stepwell on which devotees were sitting collapsed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced exgratia for the kin of those who died and compensation for those injured.A total of 36 persons died and 16 people were rescued in the incident.
“An FIR was registered, and a magisterial inquiry was ordered into the incident. Action will be taken against those found responsible. The current priority is the rescue operation. The injured will be treated free of cost. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced the exgratia amount to the victims. We have ordered an inspection of such step-wells and bore wells across the state,” Chouhan said.

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