The Dahisar police on Saturday arrested two persons in connection with the Piyush building collapse on June 22 that killed seven and injured as many.
The police said that the former chairman and the present secretary were released on bail immediately after their arrest. Two others are wanted in connection with the case.
The arrested accused, the police said, were identified as Piyush Cooperative Housing Society’s former chairman Bhikabhai Nanjibhai Dudhaat, 55, and current secretary Babubhai Vishrambhai Patel, 49.
The building’s developer, Nemjibhai Gangar alias Shah, 65, and watchman Mansingh Lamsal, 40, who lost his wife, brother-in-law and seven-yearold daughter in the mishap, are yet to be arrested.
The police said that Lamsal has been the building’s watchman for three years and had made his family of four live in the premises without seeking anyone’s permission.
Moreover, he was aware that the building was in a precarious state.
“Gangar, Dudhat and Patel were made aware that the structure was dangerous after the BMC gave a notice to that effect in 2010. Yet the accused did not pull down the building,” said an official from the Dahisar police.
The police said that the building’s developer took ownership of the property from Mrs Carmen Kagal in 1979. He then built Piyush, Pallavi and Bhavin buildings on the land.
The BMC in 2010 termed Piyush as a dangerous building and sent notices to vacate it, asking that it either be redeveloped or demolished. An FIR was also registered by the BMC at the Dahisar police station against Gangar in 2011.
The matter went to court and the case is still on.
The police said that the society approached Gangar for redeveloping the structure, but he did nothing for a year and a half. The society then decided to approach another developer.
For this, they required a no-objection certificate (NOC) and Conveyance from Gangar.
But he did not give these.
“Gangar had neither paid the registration fees nor the stamp duty back then. If he had given the conveyance and NOC to the residents, they could have given it to another developer,” said an official.