Four, including three women labourers, were killed and at least four others were injured after the roof of the groundnut oil factory collapsed in Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh late on Saturday evening, police said.
The deceased were identified as Archana Parihar, 32, Ramkumari Sahu, 23, Sonam Kewat, 20 and Sanjeev Lodhi, 23.
Police said that they have registered a case against the factory owner Dashrath Sahu for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
“There is a groundnut oil mill near Sheopura village on the Jhansi-Shivpuri highway. At around 6pm, the roof of the factory collapsed due to the heavy weight of sacks of groundnut,” Shivpuri superintendent of police (SP) Rajesh Chandel said.
He said that all four were working in the factory at the time of the incident and got buried under the debris killing them on the spot. He added that the injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment and their condition is said to be stable.
“My wife used to work as a cleaner. The factory building was poorly constructed without any pillar support. The roof collapsed due to heavy weight,” said the husband of one of the deceased.