Forty nine year old Delhi Police ASI Zakir Hussain died and 42 year old constable Debu Singh was injured after a portion of a building collapsed when they were conduction tenant verification in North Delhi. With the independence day approaching police are conducting a tenant verification drive across the city. ASI Zakir Hussain along with constable Debu(42) who is posted in Bara Hindu Rao police station, had gone to Ram Bagh road in connection with the drive. Around 10:20 am, they reached a building and noticed illegal construction being carried out on its third floor. When Hussain and Debu climbed up the third floor to ascertain details and take photographs of illegal construction work, the third floor, which was a terrace on which they were standing, caved in. While the ASI fell on the ground floor, Debu fell on the second floor and sustained minor injuries. With the help of the local people, Hussain was shifted to Aruna Asaf Ali hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said.The second floor of the building was not occupied by tenants so no one else was injured in the incident. The building was in a poor condition, police said.
Deputy commissioner of Police(North) Monika Bhardwaj said, “We have registered a case under section 288( negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings) and 304 A ( causing death by negligence)of Indian Penal Code.”