Bhiwandi building collapse: Police arrest developer and landowner after the death of two residents

The police arrested the owner after they alleged that he did not take any measures to ensure the residents' safety. They also said that he had used faulty material during construction

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On an unfateful Saturday morning, two people were killed and five were left injured after a building in Bhiwandi collapsed. In response, Thane Police have booked and arrested the owner and the developer who built the structure.

According to the officials, a column of the illegally constructed building no. 2407 in Shanti Nagar had collapsed at 8:30 pm on Friday. Following which, the residents were evacuated by the civic officials. However, according to Sunil Bhoir, the in-charge of ward-2, Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC) said that they had deployed the police and municipal workers near the building.

He added that they planned to demolish the structure on Saturday morning as it was getting dark but at 1:00 am, some of the residents snuck in to collect their belongings. After which, as the authorities went to stop them from entering the dilapidated structure, the building came crashing down. This led to some residents getting trapped under the debris whereas Mr. Bhoir, who ran into the building to rescue the residents, sustained injuries to his chest and back.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was dispatched and over the next four hours, pulled out two bodies from the debris and rescued three others. According to the officials, the deceased have been identified as Siraj Ansari (26) and Akheb Ansari (22) while the injured residents are being treated at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi.

The builder, Munawar Ahmed Hussain Ansari, was arrested by the police for not taking precautions to ensure the residents' safety. The police also charged him with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and endangering the life and personal safety of others under the Indian Penal Code. On the other hand, the land-owner, Salim Munisa Ahmed Hussain Ansari, was booked under Section 34 (common intention and common object).

Earlier, the builder had been produced before the court who had then remanded him into police custody till August 26.

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