Five more bodies were pulled out from the rubble, a day after a residential building collapsed in Ghatkopar in Mumbai. The death toll in the tragedy has now risen to 17. The four-storey building had collapsed on Tuesday morning but search and rescue operations are still on.
“Our rescue team along with the fire brigade and NDRF jawans extricated 28 people from the debris out which 17 people have been declared dead while 11 injured have been admitted in the nearby Shantiniketan, and the Rajawadi hospitals,” an official of the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
Five more bodies were pulled out from the rubble as rescue operations continued through the night. According to officials two firemen were injured in the process.
The residents of the Siddhi-Sai Cooperative Housing Society alleged that the pillars of the building had weakened because of the ongoing renovation of a nursing home located on the ground floor. Sunil Shitap, a local Shiv Sena leader, who owned the place has been arrested.
Shitap was booked under IPC sections 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the site on Tuesday night said, “An offence has been registered and police are investigating. I have directed the commissioner of BMC to investigate and submit report within 15 days.”
(With inputs from PTI)