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What happened moments before Ghatkopar building collapse? CCTV camera footage shows you

A dramatic video capturing the moments leading up to the Mumbai collapse shows people running out of the building in panic

mumbai Updated: Aug 12, 2017 09:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Fire brigade and NDRF personnel carrying out a search and rescue operation following the collapse.(PTI)

What happened just moments before the Siddhi Sai building in Ghatkopar came crashing down last month, killing 17 of its residents?

A dramatic video capturing the moments leading up to the collapse shows people running out of the building in panic, and then desperately signalling to those still inside to run out. The video is from a CCTV camera at an under-construction site adjoining Siddhi Sai, which collapsed after alleged alterations on the ground floor.

The camera is focused on the road outside the collapsed building and the footage does not capture the building crashing down, but it does show people running out, possibly after the building started to shake.

The people are trying to raise an alarm and are seen gesturing at the residents to run out.

But seconds later, the camera shakes as the building starts to crumble. A huge cloud of dust after the collapse blocks the camera for several seconds, after which people are seen running away from the building.

The developer of the under-construction site submitted the video to the Parksite police, which said the footage is vital evidence under section 65B of the Indian Evidence Act (admissibility of electronic records as evidence in a court of law).

The police said they were trying to find out about the people seen in the footage, who witnessed the incident. “We are examining the video,” said Sachin Patil, deputy commissioner of police, zone 7.

The police are also gathering evidence through photographs and maps about the ground floor of the building, where Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap owned three flats and was allegedly making alterations that weakened the structure. Shitap was arrested the day the building collapsed.

First Published: Aug 12, 2017 09:14 IST