Kolkata flyover collapse: Death toll rises to 24, officials detained

Kolkata: The death toll in the flyover collapse here has climbed to 24 after three more bodies were recovered from underneath the piles of debris of concrete and iron girdles of the broken portion of the under-construction bridge.

Five officials of the company that was building a flyover that collapsed on to vehicles and street vendors in Kolkata have been detained.

Kolkata flyover collapse
The under-construction flyover collapsed on Vivekananda Road in Kolkata. Hyderabad-based company IVRCL was tasked with constructing the 2.2 km flyover since 2009

Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who paid a visit to the mishap site, told reporters "We have detained a few officials of the construction company. We are taking action against them".

Kolkata Police has registered a case against the Hyderabad-based construction firm IVRCL under sections 304, 308 and 407 of the IPC and sealed the local office of the company.

Around 90 people were injured in the collapse and the condition of seven of them was stated to be 'very critical'. Armymen along with Kolkata Police, disaster management team, NDRF and fire brigade personnel engaged in rescue work throughout the night, pulled out three more bodies from underneath the rubble of concrete, a police officer said on Friday.

The number of people injured in the mishap, he said, was close to 90.

"Nobody alive has been recovered... Two mangled autorickshaws apart from a few other vehicles have been pulled out. One lorry is still stuck inside... Whether there is anybody trapped inside cannot be said," he said.

About 60-metre-long portion of the under-construction flyover collapsed on Thursday afternoon on a congested road intersection in Kolkata.

Armymen along with Kolkata Police disaster management team, NDRF, fire fighters pulled out three more bodies from underneath the rubble of concrete in the overnight rescue operations, a police officer said today.

About 60-metre-long portion of the under-construction Vivekananda flyover collapsed on Thursday afternoon.

The West Bengal government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident that triggered a blame game with the opposition accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of callousness.

Kolkata Police registered a case against the Hyderabad-based construction firm IVRCL under sections 304, 308 and 407 of the IPC and sealed the local office of company engaged in the flyover's construction.

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