LAHORE   -  Four people including a 10-year-old boy were killed in accidents which took place in different parts of the provincial metropolis on Saturday, police and rescue workers said.

A 10-year-old boy died shortly after he fell into the stone- crush machine at a factory in Farrakh Abad in the limits of Shahdara police on early Saturday. Police said that the boy was working at the site when he slipped and fell into the machine. As a result, he died instantly.

Dozens of relatives of the victim took to streets and blamed the factory owner for the mishap. They also staged a strong protest demonstration on the main road by placing the dead body in the middle of the road. The protest disrupted traffic flow on the Lahore-Jaranwala Road for a few hours. The protesters were demanding arrest of the factory owner, who managed to escape from the scene soon after the incident.

In another incident, a 45-year-old woman died when a wall collapsed on her in New AnarKali area on Saturday morning. Police sources said the woman, not identified yet, was walking in the street when the boundary wall of a building collapsed on her, all of a sudden. She died on the spot. The police shifted the body to the morgue for autopsy and were investigating the incident.

Also, a teenage boy was killed when a rashly-driven truck smashed into his motorcycle near LOS bus-stop on Ferozpur Road. Rescue workers said that the 18-year-old boy riding on a motorcycle was on his way home when a speedy truck bumped into his two-wheeler. The boy died on the spot. Some passersby managed to capture the truck driver as he tried to flee after the accident. He was handed over to the police. Further investigation was underway.

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man was recovered dead from a drain near Diyal Singh College on early Saturday. The body was moved to the morgue for autopsy. Some passersby spotted the body in the drain and alerted the police by phone. Rescue workers pulled out the body and shifted it to the morgue. The police were investigating the death.