Mumbai building collapse: Toll rises to 61; decorator held

Sep 29, 2013, 09:16 IST | A Correspondent

Accused made alterations in pillar in basement of crashed Dockyard Road building in which 61 people have died so far

Mumbai building collapse: The aftermath

On Saturday, the Sewri police arrested a decorator Ashok Kumar Mehta, who had rented space in the basement of the BMC quarters at Dockyard Road, which collapsed on Friday and killed 61 residents. According to the police officials, Mehta had rented the place in the building on a lease basis.

The police alleges that the repair work undertaken by decorator Ashok Kumar may have weakened the building’s pillar

“We have arrested decorator Ashok Mehta in connection with the building collapse because it is alleged that he made some illegal alterations in the structure which lead to the incident,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Tanaji Ghadge (Port Zone). According to the police, Mehta did not seek permission from the BMC before carrying out the work in the basement of the building.

The decorator has been booked under sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life), 268 (public nuisance), 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance) of the Indian Penal Code. Mehta was produced in court on Saturday and has been remanded to police custody till October 1. 

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