Ten people were killed and several feared trapped after a three-storey hotel building collapsed in Indore on Saturday night. The building collapsed after a car rammed into it at 9.20 pm, Deputy Inspector General of Police Harinarayan Mishra told ANI.
The building, located near a bus stand in the crowded Sarwate locality of the city, is said to have been very old. The car had crashed into a weight-bearing pillar of the structure, according to Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey.
Rescue operations are still under way. The district collector ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Heavy machinery had to be deployed to find victims under the debris, The Times of India reported.
Calling the incident “painful”, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Twitter that the government was monitoring the rescue operations. He announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of those who died, and Rs 50,000 for the injured, ANI reported.