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A delegation of AISA activists outside the Banga Bhawan, holding placards before submitting a memorandum demanding the release of all AISA activists who were arrested on February 7 by West Bengal police, in New Delhi on Friday. (Amit Mehra)

Sixteen hours after part of the sixth floor collapsed to the first floor of the Chintels Paradiso company in Gurgaon’s 109 sector, rescuers managed to pull out bureaucrat Arun Srivastava (60) who was trapped under the rubble inside his apartment. His wife, Sunita (55), died under the rubble.

On Thursday evening, the living room of a sixth-floor apartment in Tower D collapsed and fell through the fifth, fourth, third and second floors, before crashing into the first-floor apartment that belonged to the couple. Srivastava, an officer of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers, and his wife were in their living room at the time. Srivastava was conscious and his leg (below the knee) was stuck under the rubble. The rescue teams got him out alive, his leg intact.

Reckless driving has been a constant problem in the Greater Kailash I region where businessman Anant Mandelia (37) was hit by a car and dragged for some distance on its bonnet, his family and inhabitants. A family member, who asked not to be identified, said Mandelia’s condition was stable although he has not yet regained consciousness. He claimed that Anant was trying to stop the accused from driving recklessly when he was struck by the vehicle.

Four people, including a nine-year-old girl, who were herding sheep on an empty plot in the Bawana area outside Delhi, died after an old building collapsed nearby and were buried under the rubble on Friday. According to the police, they were informed that a building near DJB’s office had collapsed. So far, no FIRs have been registered. Police identified the victims as Rukaiya Khatoon (55), Shahzad (25), Dane (24) and Afrin (9) from the Bawana JJ settlement area. Their families alleged there had been a delay in salvage work – a claim denied by police.

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