At least six people died after a four-storey under construction building collapsed in Gurgaon’s Ullawas village early on Thursday morning.

The mishap took place in the wee hours. “A call was received at 5.15 am from an Ullawas villager about the incident,” said an official of the Gurugram Fire Department.

Isham Singh, chief fire officer of Gurugram said, “The semi-constructed three storey building, with concrete roofing placed for the fourth floor, collapsed resulting in the entire building coming down.”

A Gurugram Police official said that the building on a 125 square yard plot is owned by one Daya Ram, a resident of the same village. “He is absconding now,” Subhash Bokan, PRO of Gurugram police, said, adding that the police have booked him under the relevant IPC sections.

A manhunt has been launched to nab him. 

Earlier, in the morning, three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were rushed to the site of the building collapse.

Apart from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, fire-fighters, officials of the civil defence, dog squad, and local police personnel were called for the rescue operations.

The team has managed to bring out six bodies from the debris so far and efforts are on to rescue others.

Four of the dead have been identified as Kuldeep, 32; Vishal, 17; and Altaf, 24; all hailing from Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar district, and Anand, 22, who hailed from Samastipur in Bihar.

Vinay Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram said, “The rescue operation is currently underway under the supervision of SDM rank officer. We have managed to pull out six bodies with the help of multiple agencies.

“The rescue teams are facing problems in removing concrete material and iron grills with the help of earthmover machines as it may hurt injured persons if anyone is still trapped inside the debris,” Singh added.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to the family members of the deceased.

(With agency inputs)