Afternoon Voice

4 die after embankment collapses near river in Vadodara

Four people were killed after an embankment at a farm by the banks of Goma river in Gujarat’s Vadodara district collapsed late yesterday evening, police said.

The incident happened at Gutardi village in the district’s Savli tehsil, an official said,

He informed that labourers were loading sand allegedly excavated illegally from the farm when the embankment gave way, burying the labourers under sand, a Desar police station official said.

He identified the deceased as Ravindrakumar Vankar, Kalpesh Gohil, Nagin Vanzara and Bhailu Vanzara.

“A case of accidental death has been registered and the bodies have been handed over to their families following post mortem,” sub-inspector Kiritsinh Vahatsinh said.

A labourer, Dharmendra Vanzara, who had gone to get tea at the time, alerted nearby villagers about the mishap after he returned to the site, the official said.

The four were taken to hospitals in Kalol and Savli where doctors declared them dead on arrival, the official said.

Village sarpanch Jayesh Bakrola claimed that he had complained about the illegal excavation being carried out at the farm on June 15 to an official but no action was taken.

Sub-inspector Vahatsinh said that investigations into the incident were underway.