Death toll in Bhiwandi constructing collapse rises to 17

Thane, September 22

The dying toll within the Bhiwandi constructing collapse in Maharashtra rose to 17 on Tuesday, with restoration of 4 extra our bodies in the course of the night time, police stated.

The useless embody eight kids. The physique of a lady, Afsana Ansari, 15, was discovered within the particles in the course of the night time, police stated.

The variety of these rescued from the particles has gone as much as 23 with three extra individuals, together with two ladies, having been pulled out in the course of the night time, police stated.

The 43-year-old Jilani constructing collapsed on Monday.

Two civic officers have been suspended and an offence registered towards the constructing proprietor, an official stated.

The constructing within the powerloom city – which is round 10 km from Thane – had 40 flats and round 150 individuals lived there, an official stated.

The constructing, situated at Narpoli’s Patel Compound close to Dhamankar Naka, collapsed whereas the residents had been asleep.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force and personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force are nonetheless on the spot because the search operation continued, he stated.

The constructing was not within the checklist of dilapidated constructions of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC), he stated.

Bhiwandi DCP Rajkumar Shinde stated offences beneath Sections 337, 338 and 304 (2) of the IPC had been registered towards the proprietor of constructing, Sayyed Ahmed Jilani, after a grievance by civic officers. Jilani is but to be arrested, he added.

The BNMC suspended two senior officers. An inquiry committee had additionally been arrange and would come with the assistant city planner, he stated.

Meanwhile, a constructing resident stated most residents of the constructing had been tenants and included auto-rickshaw drivers, distributors and labourers.

A civic official stated the constructing was served two notices, one in 2019 and one other in February, over alleged irregularities, however the residents didn’t go away because the lease was very low. PTI

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