The Santacruz police booked three employees of an elevator company on Friday for negligence after state industries minister Narayan Rane got stuck in an elevator of a commercial complex for around 35 minutes a day earlier. The minister, however, downplayed the incident.
According to the Santacruz police, Rane had visited Mangalmurti building on Linking Road in Santacruz (West) on Thursday morning along with his security guards. As he took the elevator from the ground to go to the fourth floor of the commercial complex, the lift froze between the second and the third storeys at around 11.55 am. There were around 10 others in the lift with Rane at the time.
The police said that after the security guards heard the alarm, they contacted the fire brigade and the elevator company. Rane and the others were pulled out one by one by about 12.30 pm.
The outer door of the lift on the third floor was pried open, the police said.
The police said that they initiated an inquiry to check if negligence had led to the incident, following which they arrested the manager of the elevator company, V Govindrajan, 52, and two technicians — Dinesh Waghchaure, 31, and Subhash Bhiravdekar, 47.
The police said that the lift had stalled on several occasions in the past. However, the company personnel did not carry out the required repair and maintenance work, which ultimately led to Thursday’s incident.
“We have booked the trio under section 336 of the Indian Penal Code for endangering life and personal safety of others. They were produced in court and subsequently granted bail,” said Arun Chavan, senior police inspector, Santacruz police station.
When contacted, Rane did not wish to comment on the incident. A senior official in his office told HT that the minister has asked the police to refrain from making an issue out of the incident because he did not want to blame anyone for it.