NEWS - 6 Killed, Several Injured After Building Collapses In Chandigarh
The building in Chandigarh city crumbled as at least 20 construction workers in an adjoining plot were digging a basement, triggering the wall of the liquor store to cave in.
As the structure began to fall, the occupants of the tavern rushed out raising alarm, but only seven labourers managed to come out safely.
Three bulldozers and a crane were later pressed into service to lift the concrete slab which had fallen into the basement pit.
RP Upadhayay, a senior police officer in Chandigarh, said that orders have been issued to register a First Information Report against the contractor for criminal negligence.
"It's a matter of investigation whether necessary clearances were obtained for construction of basement in this area," he said.
The accident is the latest in a long line of deadly building collapses in India, some of which have highlighted sloppy construction standards.
A massive influx of people to cities in search of jobs and a shortage of cheap housing have fuelled the construction of illegal buildings across the country, often with sub-standard material.
Millions also live in dilapidated old buildings, many of which cave in during heavy rains.