38 dead, 69 injured in building collapse in Thane

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 05, 2013 09:17 hrs

Thane: The death toll in the under- construction building collapse in Shil Phata area of the district has risen to 38 as rescuers recovered more bodies from the site this morning, Thane police control room said.

While 69 people were injured, rescuers fear that some victims are still trapped under debris, they said. The deceased included 12 men, some of whom were construction workers, ten children and eight women.

A pregnant woman, identified as Shakila Imran Siddiqui, was among the deceased, Thane civic officials said. The remaining bodies are yet to be identified.

The Daighar police have registered a case against builders Salil and Khalil Jamadar under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC, police said, adding that efforts were on to trace them.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar are likely to visit the site today.

The seven-storey illegal under-construction structure, located in Shil Phata area between Mumbra and Dombivli townships, collapsed at around 6.30 PM yesterday.

Police Inspector Digamber Jangale said the building did not have clearances from local authorities to be built. The first four floors had residences and offices that were occupied at the time of the collapse.

Workers also were adding four more floors and had finished three before the building fell.

Civic officials said the building in Shil Dhaigar locality was unauthorised. They claimed that it was built on forest land and was occupied at least up to the fourth floor.

At the time of incident, there were around 35 families in the building, they said.

More than a dozen fire tenders along with over 24 ambulances were stationed at the site of the accident.

The operations were carried out under the supervision of Civic Commissioner R A Rajeev and District Collector P Velarasu.

Additional Collector Ashok Shingare took charge of the district disaster control room and made arrangements for the civil defence and other rescue teams.

The injured were admitted to various hospitals including Thane Civil, CSM Civic hospital at Kalwa, Kalsekar hospital in Kalwa, while those in critical condition were shifted to Sion and JJ Hospital.

Relief and rescue operations are being carried out under the supervision of Civic Commissioner R A Rajeev and District Collector P Velarasu.

MNS legislator from Kalyan township of Thane, Ramesh Patil alleged that he had complained to the municipal commissioner last week that the building was unauthorised and unfit for occupation, but no action was taken.

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