Nearly a month after the Babu Genu Market Building collapse on Dockyard Road claimed 62 lives, three more BMC officers were arrested on Tuesday.
The police said chief market inspector Ismail Umar Shaikh (57), who was suspended in 2012 following a corruption case probed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Dineshkumar Ramabhlish Yadav (45), who works as a markets inspector in Byculla, and Abdul Kadir Kasam Shaikh (58), a retired market inspector, were arrested. All three had been charged with criminal conspiracy, said Krishna Prakash, Additional Commissioner of Police (south region). As many as seven people have been arrested in the case, so far.
“In June 2011, the accused had served notices to Ashokkumar J Mehta, the decorator who was leased the ground floor of the building, for allegedly making illegal alterations in the space. The accused did not follow-up the case or take action against Mehta,” a police official said.
The police are now probing possible criminal intent. The dilapidated 30-year-old building collapsed on September 27. In the search and rescue operation that lasted 65 hours, 33 people were pulled out alive, while 61 people had died in the incident. One person died later in hospital.
Mehta was arrested a day after the incident from his Sewree residence. The police said Mehta, owner of Jain Decorators, used the ground floor as a godown, and allegedly made illegal alterations to the structure’s foundation.
Deputy superintendent of markets Prithviraj Chatursingh Chavan, assistant engineer Rahul Gajanan Jadhav and markets inspector Jamaluddin Abdulla Kazi were subsequently arrested.