Mumbai building collapse: Debris sent for analysis

The Mumbai police are also trying to trace the architect of the building

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 01:50 IST
Pratik Salunke
Pratik Salunke
Hindustan Times
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The samples have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), which will submit a report(HT)

The Mumbai police on Thursday sent debris samples collected from the Ghatkopar building collapse site to forensic analysis in order to check “content quality.”

According to a source, the samples of concrete, metal and plaster will help analysts ascertain the strength of the building at the time of the collapse. The samples have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), which will submit a report. “We have asked for the “content quality”, said an officer, adding that all possible measures have been taken to build a strong case.

Meanwhile, the police are trying to trace the architect of the building, Ranjeet S.

According to a source, the main accused, Shiv Sena leader Sunil Sitap, had hired Ranjeet for the alleged illegal alteration that led to the collapse.

“We are also investigating who was the contractor and if more people were involved in any tampering of the structure,” said the officer.

The Parksite police have formed three teams to record detailed statements of survivors.

Local residents have come forward to provide help to the bereaved and make arrangements for them.

Shitap, who owned three flats on the ground floor and allegedly made structural changes that weakened the building, was charged under section 304(II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).

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First Published: Jul 28, 2017 01:50 IST