Shiv Sena worker arrested in connection with Ghatkopar Building Collapse in Mumbai

26 July, Mumbai

Shiv Sena worker was Wednesday arrested in connection with the building collapse in suburban Ghatkopar in Mumbai which left 17 people dead.

According to residents of the four-storey Sai Apartment, the pillars of the building got weakened due to renovation work of a nursing home on its ground floor owned by Shiv Sena worker Sunil Shitap, leading to the collapse yesterday morning.

A Senior Police official said that Shitap who was detained last night, was arrested after questioning. He has been booked under IPC sections 304 (II) for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), Section 336 – act for endangering life or personal safety of others) and Section 338 for causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others.

At least 17 people including an infant lost their lives in the building collapse incident while 11 others had got injured, out of which six injured have been discharged from the nearby hospitals. The search and rescue operations are still underway.

The BMC has made temporary accommodation arrangements for the affected people in three nearby municipal schools. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the collapse site last night and said he has ordered in depth enquiry in to the incident and asked BMC commissioner to submit report in 15 days. He also said that strict action will be taken against those responsible for the collapse.

Meanwhile Ghatkopar building collapse issue rocked the monsoon session of Maharashtra assembly on the third day today. Opposition demanded adjournment motion for immediate discussion on the issue which was accepted by the Speaker of the Assembly following which the assembly was adjourned for ten minutes. State government said that it will submit statement in the assembly over the issue.

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