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Ghatkopar building collapse: Architect hired for renovation arrested

Ranjeet Agale, one of the prime accused, is the third arrest in the case

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2017 10:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ghatkopar,BMC,Mumbai building
Seventeen people were killed in the Siddhi Sai building collapse at Ghatkopar on July 25.(HT)

The Parksite police on Sunday night arrested Ranjeet Agale, the architect hired for renovating the ground floor of Siddhi Sai building in Ghatkopar which collapsed on July 25 and claimed 17 lives .

Agale, one of the prime accused, is the third arrest in the case. The police had raided his Ghatkopar (West) office soon after the incident and had confiscated three hard disks.

“Agale was produced in a local court on Monday, which remanded him in police custody for seven days,” said a police officer.

Cops said Agale played a vital role in deciding the interiors for the three ground-floor flats. They suspect that he may have tampered with the beams and pillars during renovation, which resulted in the mishap. The police said they have got leads after accessing texts Agale, Shiv Sena leader Sunil Sitap and Anil Mandal, the site supervisor, shared among themselves.

Agale was arrested under section 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

TMC begins demolition of tilted building

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) initiated demolition of Riddhi Niwas, a building in Mumbra which tilted on Sunday night. The building had 20 tenants. As a precautionary measure, the civic officials vacated the adjoining buildings — RK Niwas and Kamal Niwas.

A civic official said, “The demolition began on Monday afternoon after people left the building with their belongings. A column has developed cracks, owing to which the building tilted. Around 60 flats from all the three buildings were vacated and residents were shifted to Anand Hall in Koliwada.”

The decision to demolish the other two buildings will be taken after surveying the structures.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 10:13 IST