Death toll rises to six, building architect arrested

The death toll in  the Bhiwandi garment factory collapse rose to six on Friday. The police have arrested the architect of the building.

The National Disaster Response Force that was conducting the rescue operations recovered two bodies on Thursday night, and another one late in the night. The six deceased have been identified as Sheikh Tareek Shaikh Mubarak, 21, Mohammed Ansarul Mohammed Mansoor, 22, Miraj Shaikh, 25, Munna Wajur Diwan, 25, Birender Pandey, 45 and Shaikh Tajamul, 28.

Meanwhile, Narpoli police arrested architect Ravish Abdul Rehman Dhuru, 48, and produced him before the Bhiwandi court. Dhuru has been remanded in police custody till July 10.

Police have registered a case against Shree Arihant Corporation owners Sanjay Dodhia and Hasmukh Dodhia, Prem Panjabi, owner of the factory, and contractors Chinna and Munshi.

“Dhuru is the architect of the structure. The remaining five accused are still absconding and investigations are still on,” said senior police inspector, J B Patil. Police said that two teams have been formed to look for the accused. The inspector said that the building was weak and the ongoing construction was undertaken without permission.

Six persons were killed when the building collapsed at Kalher Village near Bhiwandi around 1am on Thursday. The one-storey structure was a garment factory at Arihant Compound.

 “We had served the building a notice about the illegal construction, but their advocate responded saying they had taken the necessary permission. We’ve handed over the documents to the police,” said Santosh Patil, upsarpanch of Kopar gram panchayat.

Around 45 workers were  present at the site when the building  collapsed.


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