Flyover collapse: Kolkata Police grill staff, look for sub-contractor

  • Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2016 08:09 IST
A rescue worker cuts iron rods amid the debris at the site of an under-construction flyover that collapsed on Thursday in Kolkata. (Reuters Photo)

Police have started looking for Rajat Bakshi, a relative of Jorasanko Trinamool MLA Smita Bakshi, as Rajat’s firm Sandhyamani Projects had the sub-contract for supplying iron, cement and labour for Vivekananda flyover.

“We are looking for him,” joint commissioner (crime), Kolkata Police, told HT. Sandhyamani Projects has already raised a political controversy in the state with both BJP and Congress leaders highlighting it as an example of Trinamool Congress being a direct beneficiary of the project.

On Saturday morning, officers of Kolkata Police interrogated IVRCL’s employees, including its project manager, to get an idea of the material used in building the flyover. The quality of materials and engineering is important as experts have already suggested that deficiencies in these aspects caused the collapse. The death toll till 4pm stood at 26, of which two were women.

The total number of arrests went up to four on Saturday with police also arresting project manager Tanmay Sil from Burdwan district. The three arrested on Friday (assistant general manager Mallikaarjun, assistant manager Debjyoti Majumdar and structure manager Pradip Kumar Saha) were produced before a court on Saturday and were remanded to police custody for seven days.

Sil will be produced on Sunday.

Engineers of RITES, PWD and HRBC told the police that low quality materials, including the steel used in the flyover, could be the cause of the accident. Other engineers pointed out that the buckled columns were not sufficient to carry the weight of the bridge.

Police are interrogating the project engineer, site engineer and the workers to get the exact measurement of the steel pillars. “We will come to a conclusion as soon as we get the forensic analysis report of the samples of the broken flyover,” said a police officer.

The police have formed a 23-member special investigation team and have initiated a case under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

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