Surat building collapse: Seven bodies recovered, police register criminal case against three

Around 20 fire officers and administrative personnel carried out a search and rescue operation throughout the night
Building collapse in Surat
Officials and others during a rescue operation after a building collapse, in Surat district, Saturday, July 6, 2024. (Photo | PTI)

AHMEDABAD: The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building in Surat, Gujarat, has climbed to seven after six more bodies were recovered overnight, a police official reported on Sunday.

The residential building in the Pal area collapsed around 2:45 PM on Saturday. A woman was rescued shortly after the incident, and a man's body was discovered later that night, according to an earlier statement from the official. Police have also registered a criminal case against three individuals.

According to the police, seven bodies were recovered from the rubble during the overnight operation.

ACP of Surat I Zone, Neeraj Gohil, informed the media that the police have filed a criminal case regarding the incident and commenced an investigation.

Neeraj Gohil stated, "During the 17-hour rescue operation, one woman was found alive and has been admitted to the Civil Hospital for treatment. A total of seven bodies were recovered from the debris."

"These seven deceased individuals have been identified. They were labourers who lived in the building. Based on documentary evidence, the police have registered a criminal case under Sections 105 and 54 of the Indian Penal Code at Sachin Police Station," Gohil added.

ACP Neeraj Gohil informed the media, "A criminal case has been registered against three individuals. The accused are Raj Kakadia, Ramila Kakadia, and Ashwin Vekaria. Preliminary findings suggest that these three collaborated in committing the crime. Charges have been filed against them."

"Ashwin Vekaria has been apprehended during the police investigation, and legal proceedings have begun. The other two accused are currently at large," he added.

Basant Pareek, the Chief Fire Officer of Surat, stated, "At approximately 3:55 PM on Saturday, the Surat Fire and Emergency Services were alerted to the collapse of a five-story building. Around 20 fire officers, along with administrative personnel, promptly arrived at the scene. We carried out a search and rescue operation throughout the night."

Chief Fire Officer Pareek mentioned that a woman was safely rescued from the wreckage.

"During the operation, we heard a woman's voice from under the debris. After clearing the debris, our firemen successfully rescued her. We continued the search operation and have so far retrieved seven bodies," he said.

Surat Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot stated on Saturday that the building was constructed in 2016-17. He mentioned that about five flats were occupied, primarily by factory workers from the area.

Building collapse in Surat
Surat building collapse: Death toll rises to seven

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