Shocking Twist: Himachal CM Blames ‘Bihari Architects’ for Tragedy, Then Backtracks!

Amidst the grim scenario in Himachal Pradesh, where the death toll has reached 71 due to relentless rainfall, a controversial statement from Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has raised eyebrows.

In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, Chief Minister Sukhu seemed to lay blame on architects from Bihar, terming them ‘Bihari architects’. He appeared to suggest that the construction practices of these migrant architects were a factor in the recent series of house collapses in Shimla, a city grappling with the aftermath of landslides and fatalities.

However, the Chief Minister later retracted his statement, stating, “I did not say anything like that. The people from Bihar were also stranded here. I had them evacuated via helicopters. Around 200 people from Bihar are still stuck here. They are like our brothers. The fault lies in our structural engineering, and they are merely laborers,” as he clarified his stance to the ANI news agency.

The devastation from the incessant rains has resulted in a rising death toll, with 71 lives lost and 13 individuals still unaccounted for. According to the state’s emergency operation center, a total of 214 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents since the monsoon began on June 24. Several districts, especially Shimla, have been severely affected by landslides, particularly in areas like Summer Hill, Fagli, and Krishna Nagar.

Rescue operations are ongoing in these areas, with bodies being recovered from the debris. The collapse of the Shiva temple in Summer Hill has left potential casualties still buried beneath the rubble.

The situation remains dire in Krishna Nagar, where around 15 houses have been evacuated and families relocated due to the imminent threat of landslides caused by unrelenting heavy rainfall.

In the face of this tragic loss of lives and the aftermath of heavy rains, Chief Minister Sukhu’s initial statement and subsequent clarification have added a layer of complexity to an already challenging situation.

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