Toilet Wall Collapses at Patna Junction; Elderly Man Dies

Collapsed toilet at Patna Junction that killed one person on Tuesday.

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Patna: In a tragic incident, a 71-year old man died when the wall of a toilet at Patna Junction collapsed on him burying him in a pile of debris on Tuesday morning.

As reported, Veer Bahadur Singh, a resident of Vidupur in Vaishali district, was waiting for a Patna-Howrah train on Platform Number 1 of the railway station in Patna when he felt the need to use the bathroom.

Singh, a retired police officer, ignoring the warning notice that the toilet inside the second class waiting room was undergoing repair work, entered the restroom to relieve himself. Unfortunately, while he was in the toilet, the wall next to him collapsed burying him underneath the falling debris.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries shortly, Danapur Railway Division Public Relations officer Sanjay Kumar Prasad said.

"The toilet had been shut down on Monday due to ongoing repair work. A sign outside the bathroom was posted to this effect and the door of the bathroom was taken out to discourage passengers from using it. In spite of that, Singh chose to use it that turned out to be fatal for him," he said.

The railway has announced a compensation of Rs. 15,000 to the victim's family. Assistant Engineer Ashok Kumar who was involved in the toilet repair work was put under suspension, officials said.

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