Ceiling collapse leaves 3 dead at pre wedding feast


Jaipur, July 6 : A pre-wedding event at one of city’s luxury hotels today turned into a nightmare for the families when a false ceiling collapsed during luncheon hours, leaving three of their relatives dead.

At least 30 others were injured as the false ceiling in the banquet hall named Jasmine at Fortune PArk Bella Casa hotel gave away midway during luncheon hours. At least 70 to 80 people were present in the hall around 2 pm when the incident occurred. The wedding families had just had their ring ceremony at adjacent Marriott Hotel after which they proceeded to the Bella Casa hotel for lunch.

The injured have been admitted in three different hospitals Fortis Hospital, Jaipuria and Sawai Man Singh Hospital in the city.

Some have been discharged while others who have received head injuries are still recuperating in the hospital. Health Minister Rajendra Rathore visited Jaipuria and consoled the families.
The ceiling made of cement, plaster of Paris and thick glass suddenly came down with a thud, leading to chaos. As people ran here and there as it became dark, they tumbled as they got entangled in the electrical wirings, which also came down with the ceiling.

According to police the three dead have been identified as Nemichand Jain,76, Keshav Dev, 80 and Satyanarayan, 70, who are from Mumbai.
They had come to attend the wedding of their granddaughter Manjusha Goenka (daughter of businessman Mohan Goenka) with son of Subhash Patodia from Nawalgarh (150 km from here). Many families from Nawalgarh, Mumbai and Surat were especially here for the wedding scheduled tomorrow.

Jaipur Collector Siddharth Mahajan said that hotel premises have been vacated and sealed. Preliminary investigations are on while the hotel authorities have not yet given any statement.

Hotel Fortune Park Bella Casa, situated on Tonk Road is about five minutes from the airport and claims to be a modern, starred, luxury hotel. The hotel has about 109 well-furnished rooms endowed with all modern amenities and tariff ranges from Rs 9500 upwards per day.

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