Three BMC employees were arrested Tuesday in connection with Babu Genu market building collapse, the police said. They have been remanded in police custody till October 4. The three are among the seven who were suspended by the civic body a day after the building collapse.
The three — deputy superintendent B C Chavan, assistant engineer Rahul Jadhav and market inspector Jamil Kazi — were arrested under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life and personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by act of endangering life and personal safety of others), 109 (punishment of abetment if the act is abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) under the IPC. The charges are the same under which decorator Ashokkumar J Mehta, who allegedly made illegal alterations in the ground floor of the building, have been booked, Bharat Gaikwad, senior inspector at Sewree police station, said.
The three were presented before the Bhoiwada court Tuesday and have been remanded in police custody till October 4.
The Sewree Police now wants the state to appoint a special public prosecutor in the case. To create a water-tight case, the police have also called experts from the Central Building Research Institute to inspect the construction materials used in the building. More arrests expected in the case, the police added. “We are now seeking help from the Central Building Research Institute officers from Hydrabad to probe the matter,” confirmed Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region).
According to police, deputy superintendent B C Chavan had served a notice to Mehta in 2011 on the illegal alteration done. However, no action was taken.
Chavan had served the notice to Mehta based on the structural audit report of engineer Rahul Jadhav and building inspector Jamal Kazi. The laxity shown by officials is also being probed. “The BMC had rented the area which was altered (ground floor apartment) to a person identified as Yadav who had then rented it further to a person named Shah who had further