MUMBAI: The lift of a high-rise at Grant Road came crashing down from the tenth floor, injuring five residents, including two children on Tuesday.
A negligence case has been registered against the people responsible for the maintenance of the lift in the 20-storeyed Suleman Towers.
At 7:15am on Tuesday, the lift, which was carrying six people, collapsed and fell on the ground floor. Residents said the building was constructed six years ago.
The lift was carrying two minors, Hanzala Shaikh, 8, and Anwar Malik, 14, who were on their way to school and were accompanied by their parents.
“My son suffered a major knee fracture. I blame the incident on a complete lack of maintenance and the installation of a poor-quality lift by the builders, who reside on the first floor and do not use the lift as often as the other residents,” said Jaffar Afsar, father of Hunzala, who was taken to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Girgaum.
Anwar, 14, a Class 9 student, fractured both his ankles. Anwar is currently being treated at Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central. “Despite paying a hefty fee to the building’s maintenance staff, we have not seen any improvements,” said Hilimunsia Malik, Anwar’s mother.
According to the police, the residents of the building were not keen on registering a complaint even after the police assured them full support.
“We have registered a case from our side of negligence as the lives of six people were endangered during the incident. It is an act of negligence by the people who are responsible for the maintenance of the lift,” said a police officer from Nagpada police station, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The residents claimed this is not the first time the lift has collapsed. “Last week, the lift came crashing down from the third floor. No one was injured,” said said Moiz Budwani, a resident of Suleman Towers. “A technician is yet to come for an inspection.” he said.
The Nagpada police have registered a case under sections 337 (punishment for causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Around two weeks ago, a car lift crashed in an under-construction building in Girgaum killing a 27-year-old
labourer and leaving four others injured. The VP Road police registered a case of causing death by negligence and endangering life against the construction firm.