Two workers were killed and eight others injured as an under-construction building of a fuel station collapsed on them in Dinajpur yesterday noon.
The dead are Shudhangsu Chandra Roy, of Azimpur village under Biral upazila, and Nirmal Chandra Roy, of Basudevpur village under Chirirbandar upazila in the district.
Quoting witnesses, police said around 60 labourers were working at the under-construction fuel station on Dinajpur-Dhaka highway at Mahasatti village under Sadar upazila.
Around 12:30pm, a major part of the structure collapsed on some workers with a big bang, leaving several of them trapped inside.
Co-workers rescued the body of Shudhangsu and eight other injured workers after removing the debris. Two other workers escaped the collapse unhurt.
The injured were immediately taken to Dinajpur Medical College Hospital.
On information, a team of fire fighters from Dinajpur Sadar fire station rushed to the spot and began the salvage operation.
The team rescued the body of another worker, Nirmal, after two hours of frantic effort.
Liakat Ali, assistant director of fire brigade and civil defence department in Dinajpur, said "We have closed our rescue operation around 6:00pm after finding no more bodies inside the rubble.”
Md Jahangir Alam Lavlu, the building owner, did not follow the building code for the fuel station, Liakat said.
He alleged that the use of substandard materials and building on the sand-filled land might have caused the collapse.
Soon after the incident, the building owner fled the scene, the workers said.
Lavlu could not be reached over the phone as his cell phone was found switched off.
Police Super of Dinajpur Devdas Bhattachariya visited the spot.