A local court on Monday sent Shital Vij, the industrialist and owner of the factory building that collapsed on April 15 killing 23 workers, in 14 days judicial custody. However, he was taken to the civil hospital after he complained of chest pain.
He was produced before the court of judicial magistrate Tripat Jot Kaur who sent him in judicial custody.
Station house officer Jastinder Singh said after Vij, 66, complained of chest pain, a team of doctors team examined him. "Vij told doctors that he is diabetic for 12 years. The doctor's panel which examined Vij found his sugar was 210, which was higher than normal. Also, his blood pressure was very high at 170/100," said Dr GS Pawar, one of doctors examining him at the Jalandhar civil hospital.
"He will be kept at the prisoner's ward in the hospital," Pawar said. Vij has also claimed that he is a patient of Ulcerative Colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease) and was being treated for the condition at a private hospital in Ludhiana, the doctor said. He also reportedly complained of backache and difficulty in sitting.
He may have to be hospitalised for 2-3 days, Pawar said. "We will try to complete all tests on Vij as soon as possible but as Tuesday is a holiday, it might get delayed," he said.
Operation to clear rubble nears end
The operation to retrieve bodies trapped under the debris of the collapsed Jalandhar factory building is nearly over, authorities said on Monday. The death toll stands at 23, with no more bodies found after the two that were recovered on Sunday.
"We have searched almost 85% of the debris but nothing was found (after Sunday)," National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) commandant RK Verma said. "A foul smell is coming from the remaining debris and the operation is on to comb the area in search of any more bodies." Verma said the operation is expected to be completed by Tuesday morning.
A total compensation of Rs 3.04 lakh was distributed to 42 workers injured in the cave-in. Four injured workers who had to undergo amputation were given Rs 43,500 each, two more were given Rs 9,300 each, while the remaining were given Rs 3,100 each. The four-storey blanket-making unit of Shital Fiber, at Focal Point near Jalandhar city, collapsed on April 15.