At least 17 people were killed and 22 survivors were pulled out of the debris after a four-storey residential building in Ghatkopar, Sai Siddhi Cooperative Housing Society, collapsed on Tuesday morning. The deceased included a three-month-old girl, a thirteen-month-old boy and a14-year-old girl. Two firemen involved in rescue operations were also injured.
Rescue operations by teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Mumbai Fire Brigade and local volunteers were on till late at night, as some occupants of the building were feared to be trapped under the rubble. Rajesh Doshi, who was stuck in the debris, was being provided with medical assistance, with doctors and nurses at the spot providing him with glucose to ensure he survives.
Residents of the building claimed that the building collapsed due toillegal alterations carried out on the ground floor of the building by aShiv Sena worker Sunil Shitap, to convert a maternity home run by him for around six years into a commercial lodging.
CM Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the spot on Tuesday evening, said that an inquiry will be conducted by the state government and the BMC.
He said that anyone found responsible will be charged with culpable homicide. He added that BMC chief Ajoy Mehta had been asked to submit a report within 15 days.
"An FIR has been registered under Sections 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personalsafety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code against Sunil Shitap and others at Parksite Police Station. Main accused in the case has been detained and is being questioned. Prima facie, it is revealed that the accused was carrying out illegal renovation in the building. Atthis juncture, it will not be appropriate to give other details as investigations are underway and available information needs verification," said Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police, Law & Order.Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta visited the spot in the afternoon and has ordered a probe into the matter. A press release issued by BMC states that Deputy Municipal Commissioner Chanrashekar Chore and Roads and Traffic Chief Engineer Vinod Chitore have been given charge of the probe. The Commissioner has asked the officers to submit a report in 15 days.