CHENNAI: A day after a huge warehouse compound wall collapsed near Red Hills, claiming the lives of 11 migrant workers, Thiruvallur police arrested Mohan (45), the owner of the under construction warehouse. While police were on the looking out for Mohan, police sources said he surrendered at the Cholavaram police station. Already three persons were arrested on Sunday and remanded for judicial custody.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the victims were taken to their native villages in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha their relatives were traced.
The Thiruvallur government hospital witnessed heart-rending scenes as the relatives, who arrived here on Monday, broke down on seeing the bodies of their loved ones. The collapse in the wee hours of Sunday had claimed lives of at least two couples leaving their children orphaned.
“All nine victims from Andhra Pradesh hail from Srikakulam district. I personally know many of the people from Srikakulam who are working here. Through them, we traced the relatives of the victims,” said Ramanjaneyulu, Commissioner of Labour, Andhra Pradesh, who is camping in Thiruvallur.
As relatives of some of the deceased could not reach Thiruvallur immediately, the officials identified distant relatives of the victims who are working in and around Chennai and handed over the bodies to them.
Later in the day, the relatives of Odisha couple U Assit Mandel (55) and Anna Mandel (40) arrived at the hospital and received the body of the couple. A separate van was also arranged by the officials for the relatives to travel back to their native places.