Hyderabad: Three children of a family were buried alive in their sleep when a wall of their dilapidated house collapsed at Habeeb Nagar in Hyderabad on Thursday night.

Identified as Roshni, 6, Pavani, 4, and Saarika, 4 months, they were in a deep sleep when the wall came crashing down killing them on the spot. Few people sustained injuries in the incident. Their parents were not present in the room when the incident occurred.

Soon after the incident, police, fire, revenue, GHMC along with Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot and started the rescue operations. Later they removed the debris and retrieved the bodies of three children.

Sources said GHMC officials had earlier served notices to the owners to vacate the house as it was not safe to live in. However, the residents ignored the warning and continued to stay put.

Sources said GHMC too did not follow up the case after serving the notice. Officials blamed the people for negligence. Habeeb Nagar police have registered a case of death due to negligence and started investigation.

MLA Nampally Jaffar Hussain Meraj also visited the spot to take stock of the situation. Expressing condolence to the bereaved families, he later visited injured at Niloufer hospital.

He instructed the doctors to provide the best of the treatment to the injured persons. He also assured the families of the victims of all support and financial help as per the norms.

GHMC accused of negligence after wall collapse killed 3 children

Hyderabad: A child rights group has approached the state human rights commission (SHRC) alleging that the GHMC’s negligence led to the death of three children in a wall collapse at Habeeb Nagar, Hyderabad. The NGO, Balala Hakkula Sangham, appealed to the commission to take action against the GHMC officials concerned.

In the petition to the SHRC, the NGO claimed that the victims, all children of Gabbar and Surekha, lost their lives due to the negligence of the GHMC. They claimed that the GHMC was negligent in dismantling the dilapidated structures and failed to provide shelter to people living below the poverty line. The NGO appealed to the commission to take action against the erring officials, pay suitable compensation to the families of the victims, and provide shelter to them under government schemes.

Meanwhile, the police and the GHMC have initiated a probe into the incident. They are also verifying if the residents had failed to respond to the eviction notices served to them by the GHMC and if the officials resorted to any illegal activities in executing the notice and taking action in vacating the structure. The postmortem examination of the bodies of the three children was done at Osmania hospital and their bodies handed over to the family.

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