In an incident that can be dubbed as ‘Tamil Nadu horror’, a crane collapsed during a temple festival in the state, killing at least 4 people, with video of the incident surfacing on social media. The incident took place earlier on Sunday at Keezhveedhi village near Nemili in Tamil Nadu’s Ranipet district. The mishap took place sometime around 8 pm at the Draupadi Amman temple where hordes of devotees had gathered.
According to reports, the crane was being used to garland the deity when it malfunctioned and collapsed on scores of devotees that had no time to react or fall back to save their lives. A video of the incident going viral on Twitter shows the crane high in the air crashing down with a huge thud and sounds of people screaming and running for their lives all over the place. Locals are also seen in the video trying to rush to the scene and rescue the ones who are trapped beneath the weight of the crane.
Following the incident, severe critically injured people were rushed to the nearby hospital. 3 people were declared dead on arrival and were identified as Muthukumar, Boopalan, and Jothibabu. An investigation has been kicked off in the matter, and the crane operator, 34-year-old Murugan, has been arrested.
The Facts of the Matter
As per National Crime Record Bureau’s ADSI-2021 report, as many as 3.97 lakh accidental deaths were reported in India in 2021. The number was marginally lower to that of 2019 when 4.21 lakhs deaths were reported. However, the number of deaths due to accidents was reported to be 1.56 lakhs compared to 1.55 lakhs in 2019 and 1.33 lakhs in 2020.
In Tamil Nadu, at least 4 people were killed in a accident where a crane collapsed during a temple festival. Further, at least 9 people were reported critically injured. The incident took place at a temple festival earlier on Sunday at Keezhveedhi village near Nemili in Tamil Nadu’s Ranipet district.
Harrowing videos of the moments before the disaster took place has surfaced on social media.
What Does the Video Show
The shocking incident captured on cam shows locals running in a state of panic as a crane collapses while carrying an idol. According to reports, there were 8 people on the crane, receiving garlands from the devotees, when the incident took place. In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy, three victims were declared dead. They were identified as K Muthukumar, S Boopalan, and Jothibabu. On Monday morning the toll increased to 4.
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#TamilNadu | 4 people died & 9 others were injured after a #cranecollapsed during a temple festival event in #Keelveethi in #Arakkonam. #BREAKING #craneaccident #arakkonam #Accident #Temple #Death #India | #Crane | #Accident | #Dead | #Injury | #TN | #TempleFestival | pic.twitter.com/iKCjaw7OFV
— Harish Deshmukh (@DeshmukhHarish9) January 23, 2023
No Permission for Use of Crane
A TOI report quoted Ranipet collector Bhaskara Pandiyan saying, “Four people have died. There was no permission or intimation for using the crane at the temple festival. It is a private temple. Each year they used to conduct temple festivals but this year the very festival crane was used to garland the deity. An investigation is happening in this regard.”
As per reports, the nine injured people also included a young girl. These injured were rushed to hospitals including the Punnai Government Health Centre, Arakkonam Government Hospital, and another private hospital.
Tragedy Could Have Been Worse
The incident which resulted in the deaths of 4 people could have been worse as there were at least 1,500 devotees gathered near the crane when it collapsed. As per the reports, the crane collapsed after not being able to bear the weight of the individuals on it. Following the incident, the crane operator, identified as Murugan, was taken into custody and further investigation is on.