Mumbai: Shiv Sena worker arrested in Ghatkopar building tragedy which took 17 lives

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Siddhi-Sai Cooperative Housing Society residents had alleged that the pillars of the building weakened after Shitap made structural changes to the ground floor, he wanted to convert the space into a nursing home.

A rescue worker scanning the debris of the Ghatkopar building collapse in Mumbai (Photo : Indian Express)

Mumbai: A day after the tragic incident of a four-storey building collapse which took 17 lives in suburban Ghatkopar in Mumbai, Shiv Sena worker Sunil Shitap, who owns at least three flats on the ground floor of the building, was arrested by Mumbai police. The bodies of at least 17 people have been pulled out from the rubble of the building after it collapsed on Tuesday.

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According to residents of the Siddhi-Sai Cooperative Housing Society, the pillars of the building got weakened due to renovation work of a nursing home on the ground floor owned by Shiv Sena worker Sunil Shitap, leading to the collapse yesterday.

Mumbai Police booked Shitap under IPC sections 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

Shitap’s wife Swati had contested civic elections on a Shiv Sena ticket this year. She lost to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s Archana Bhalerao. However, Shiv Sena said Shitap was not associated with the party though his wife was given a ticket.

While 17 people were killed in the accident, 11 others, who are injured, have been admitted to various hospitals. A joint team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Fire Brigade led the rescue efforts. While five persons were admitted to the Rajawadi hospital, eight were taken to the Shantiniketan hospital. Search efforts are still continuing.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the collapse site and expressed condolences to the families of the victims. “An offence has been registered and police are investigating. I have directed the commissioner of BMC to investigate and submit report within 15 days,” he said.

Sources: Indian Express

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