Latu Dihingia, who was working at Ranghar Plaza, was found dead in the basement of the shopping complex in Assam’s Dibrugarh town on September 21 Credit: Rishu Kalantri
Ranghar Plaza, a shopping complex in Assam’s Dibrugarh town, was opened on September 20

Tinsukia: In a new development, the management of Ranghar Plaza, a newly-opened shopping mall in Assam’s Dibrugarh town, has agreed to pay a compensation of Rs 7 lakh to the kin of the man who was found dead in the basement of the complex on September 21.

Twenty-five-year-old Latu Dihingia’s body was found in the space for the lift of the basement of the under-construction building on HS Road in Dibrugarh town, prompting the district adminsitration to seal the building.

Confirming the development, Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha said, the administration played an active role to help the victim family get compensation. “The compensation will help the family meet their financial requirement,” he said.

“However, the magisterial inquiry will continue and action will be taken as per law,” he added.

Responding to a question on how licence was issued to an under-construction building, Jha said it was something for the civic body to answer. EastMojo had questioned how occupancy was allowed as the building was still under construction.

Earlier, on the day of incident, additional deputy commissioner Ranjit Konwar told EastMojo that the building was under construction and allowing to open a store was a matter of investigation.

Sources said, if properly investigated, the issue of builders violating the law in connivance with some officials of the civil body would be exposed.

According to sources, the management of Ranghar Plaza has assured a job for the wife of the deceased. “They have committed to undertake entire expenses for the education of the daughter of the victim,” the sources said, adding: “The decision was taken during a meeting held with the administration.”

As per the management, some prayer rituals were organised at the time of reopening of the mall, the sources added.

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