NewsFlash: Reports confirms that two more are dead in this deadly collapse in Chennai. Both of them belong to the same family and they were doing 3rd year in Venkatesware college of eng.
The dawn of the new year proved fatal for a software professional working here, after a wooden stage erected above a swimming pool at a city hotel here collapsed last night during the New Year celebrations.
Summit Agnihotri (24) succumbed to his injuries at the General Hospital in the early hours on Tuesday, police said, while the condition of two others was stated to be critical, the sources said.
Police said the makeshift stage erected above the swimming pool collapsed all of a sudden and a number of people dancing on it fell into the pool, when they were partying on Monday night to welcome the New Year.
Several persons were injured in the incident, two of them seriously, the sources said.
A case has been registered against the hotel authorities, police added.The General Manager (marketing) of a star hotel in the city was arrested following the collapse of a makeshift dias covering the swimming, killing one person during the New Year revelry on December 31 midnight. Police sources said after conducting preliminary inquiries, the General Manager Anthony Michael was arrested last night.
Cases have also been registered against Narendar Singh, the contractor, who had erected the stage, and the licensee of the hotel in connection with the incident.
A case of negligence under section 304 (A) of the IPC was registered against them. More than 250 people were dancing and partying on the makeshift stage when it collapsed into the swimming pool beneath, killing Sumit Agnihotri, a software professional. Six others, who sustained injuries were admitted to the hospital. The condition of two of them were stated to be critical. According to police, the hotel had collected Rs 3,000 per head for the new year bash. IT professionals, industrialist and college students were part of the fun-filled evening, before it turned tragic moments ahead of ringing in the New Year.
A top hotel official described it as an accident and said there was no negligence on their part.