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Monday, Sep 16, 2019

Mumbai cylinder blasts: One more death takes toll to 7

The fire broke out on Wednesday night in 13-storey Prarthana Building near Kaifi Azmi Park in Juhu.

mumbai Updated: Sep 09, 2017 00:35 IST
Eeshanpriya M S
Eeshanpriya M S
Hindustan Times
The rescue operations were called off on Thursday.
The rescue operations were called off on Thursday.(HT FILE)

One more person succumbed to the injuries he suffered in Wednesday night's cylinder explosions and fire in Prarthana building in Juhu. While this took the total death toll to seven, 11 others are still in RN Cooper Hospital receiving treatment, three of whom are in critical condition.

Billian Tappa, 40, who was brought to the hospital with 60% burn injuries, died on Thursday night, said hospital authorities.

Since Wednesday’s fire was caused by explosions of two illegally stored LPG cylinders, K-west ward officials started inspecting other under-construction buildings in Juhu for irregularities. Four teams of civic officials completed inspection of five buildings on Juhu Tara Road on Friday. The entire operation is expected to take one week. 

An official from the K-west ward said, “The teams are inspecting under-construction buildings and are also checking if the building has requisite permissions because labourers are not allowed to live in the premises of under-construction buildings." 

This is the first time the BMC is inspecting under-construction buildings for irregularities. Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward, said, “I have instructed my staff to scan every street and confiscate cylinders from eateries, restaurants and inspect buildings undergoing construction." 

Contractor, supervisor & engineer held

The supervisor, site engineer and contractor of the under-construction building in Juhu were arrested for allegedly causing the death of seven people owing to negligence. A massive fire engulfed the ground floor of the building killing seven people and injuring another 11 people.

The accused were produced before a magistrate court on Friday and remanded to judicial custody. The accused identified as Kiran alias Tinubhai Mannabhai Patel, contractor, Shiju Kunjpe Jhon, 34, site engineer and Prashant Dagdoji More, 38, site supervisor.

The police said more accused are wanted in the case. The FIR was registered on Thursday under IPC sections 304 A, 337 and 338 for causing grievous injury and death due to negligence.

The fire broke out on Wednesday night in 13-storey Prarthana Building near Kaifi Azmi Park in Juhu.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 00:35 IST