Flyover Collapse: Arrests and More Deaths

A day after an under construction flyover came crashing down at Burrabazar here, police made the first arrests.

Published: 02nd April 2016 03:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2016 03:42 AM   |  A+A-

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Security officers work on the area of a collapsed overpass in Kolkata, India, Friday, April 1, 2016. The overpass spanned nearly the width of the street and was designed to ease traffic through the densely crowded Bara Bazaar neighborhood in the capital o

KOLKATA:  A day after an under construction flyover came crashing down at Burrabazar here, police made the first arrests.

Kolkata Police on Friday night arrested three executives of IVRCL and interrogated them about purchase of materials for the flyover and its quality. The arrested were Mallikarjun, Pradip Saha and Debjyoti Majumdar. They will be produced in court on Saturday. The police are interrogating seven more executives of the Hyderabad-based builder, who might also be arrested. The company, on its part, has brought in the possibility of a sabotage in the flyover collapse.

Army personnel engaged in rescue work recovered three more bodies on Friday, taking the death toll to 25. More than a 100 people were injured in the collapse and the condition of a few remain critical.

“Nobody alive has been rescued. Two mangled autorickshaws apart from a few other vehicles have been pulled out,” a Kolkata police official said.

Two State government engineers were also suspended. “We are questioning them to find out what went wrong before the flyover collapsed. Strict action will be taken against them,” a Kolkata police officer said, adding that a police team has reached Hyderabad to meet the top bosses of the company. The West Bengal government ordered immediate inspection of the remaining portion of the flyover to ascertain its stability.  More: P6, 9

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