Urbanclap CEO, 2 others booked in negligence case
Police said Saha, who works with a private company in Buxar (Bihar), sustained injuries on his face and left arm and was awaiting surgery at Rockland Hospital in Manesar.Updated: May 03, 2019, 11:09 IST
A day after two technicians were killed when an air conditioner (AC) they were servicing exploded in a condominium in Sector 92, the police booked three senior officials of the online service company Urbanclap. Another man, who had sought the technicians’ service, was injured in the incident, which took place in tower D-9 of Sare Homes.
Police said a case was registered against the company’s chief executive officer, executive vice-president and a senior manager after 43-year-old Basudev Saha recorded his statement alleging that the AC compressor exploded due to negligence on part of the technicians, identified as Ravi, 30, who was registered with Urbanclap, and his nephew, Mahesh, 25.
Police said Saha, who works with a private company in Buxar (Bihar), sustained injuries on his face and left arm and was awaiting surgery at Rockland Hospital in Manesar.
In the police complaint, Saha said he had contacted the three senior company officials for a complaint related to servicing and leakage in his AC. “They (Urbanclap) sent untrained people, who showed up (on Wednesday at 3.25pm) and started filling gas in the AC. The technicians were standing close to the AC
while I was standing near the gate of the room when suddenly a blast occurred. They both died on the spot and I sustained severe injuries. This incident took place due to the negligence on part of the officials who sent untrained people to my house,” Saha’s first information report (FIR) read.
Sector 10A station house officer Sanjay Kumar said a case was registered post midnight, on Thursday, under Indian Penal Code sections 304-II, 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life of others), 34 (common intention).
“The victim has alleged that the company had registered (with it) untrained staff and negligence on their part led to the blast. No persons have been arrested so far; we are investigating,” SHO Kumar said.
An authorised representative of Urbanclap responded stating, “Urbanclap is deeply saddened by a recent unfortunate incident which led to the demise of our AC technician and his associate. This is a huge loss for us. The AC technician partner was a highly skilled professional with years of experience, well-regarded in his community, and highly rated by past customers. We stand by the family in this difficult time. We are thankful that our customer is recovering. In our years of experience, it is a first such case and we are cooperating with the investigation, and do the right thing by all and continue to support all those affected.”
Saha’s wife, Pramita, who was at work when the blast occurred, told Hindustan Times on Thursday, “He is awaiting surgery on his face due to splinter injuries and is unable to talk properly at the moment. Some metal and glass shards hit his face. He was alone at home and had called the technicians. I was informed of the incident by a neighbor.” Saha was rushed to Rockland Hospital by neighbours.
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased returned with the bodies after the autopsy on Thursday. Babulal, a relative, said, Ravi had been working in the AC repair business for over a decade. “The family is devastated. We were looking to arrange a match for Mahesh,” he said.