Mumbra building collapse: 2 more civic employees arrested

With these arrests, the number of those taken into custody rose to 17, they said.

TMC's suspended clerk Subhash Waghmare and Ramdas Burud (the driver of arrested deputy municipal commissioner Deepak Chavan) were arrested by the Crime Branch yesterday.

Building Collapse
The building at Lucky compound at Shil Phata on Mumbai-Nashik Road collapsed on Thursday evening

According to police, the duo had direct contacts with the builders who allegedly distributed cash to officials to "safeguard" the illegal seven-storey building at Lucky Compound in Shilphata area in Thane and other structures from being razed by civic authorities.

Waghmare had been suspended on January 30 after he was held by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Thane unit, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 30,000 from a housing society in Diva.

His name was also found in the diary of builder Jameel Shaikh who allegedly bribed civic officials to overlook violations in the construction of the illegal building that crashed on April 4.

Mumbra building collapse victims
Seven-months pregnant Sakina Shaikh was one of the victims. Pics/Atul Kamble and Sameer Markande

Police said Burud allegedly demand money from Shaikh, who maintained a record of the cash paid to officials.

Builders Abdul Salim Aziz Siddiqui and Jameel Ahmad Jajaluddin Shaikh, who constructed the structure, are among those arrested. They face the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and criminal conspiracy among others.

Three officials of TMC, one of them a Deputy Municipal Commissioner, an architect, Corporator Hira Patil, a building material supplier and a local journalist, are among those arrested earlier. 

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