Mumbai bridge collapse: Police blames BMC for negligence in FIR, Railways gets clean chit

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New Delhi | March 15, 2019 4:58 PM

The police had filed the FIR within hours of CM Devendra Fadnavis ordering the BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to ascertain “primary responsibility” for the incident by Friday evening.

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Mumbai foot over bridge collapse: The Mumbai Police has laid the blame for the tragedy that struck Mumbai on Thursday evening squarely on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The Indian Railways, which was earlier named in the case of negligence filed by the Mumbai Police on Thursday has been given a clean-chit, with their name being struck off from the FIR, reported Loksatta.

The tragedy that struck at rush hour last evening left 6 persons dead and several others injured. Officials of the BMC as well as Railways were booked for negligence. The names of officials of the Indian Railways was removed later. The police has said the Railways cannot be held responsible after BMC acknowledged that the maintenance of the bridge came under its jurisdiction and not the Railways’.

The police had filed the FIR within hours of CM Devendra Fadnavis ordering the BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to ascertain “primary responsibility” for the incident by Friday evening.

Now, Mehta has ordered the vigilance department to submit a preliminary report within 24 hours, identifying the municipal staff and structural auditor responsible for the tragedy, news agency ANI reported.

The foot over bridge was deemed “fit to use” in a structure audit report submitted six months ago by the municipal corporation, The Indian Express reported.

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On Thursday, just hours after the collapse, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharati had informed that the police had filed a case of causing death by negligence against officials of both the Railways and the municipal corporation, prompting the Congress party to demand Railways Minister Piyush Goyal’s resignation.

Meanwhile, as work on dismantling the bridge near the CSMT station continues, the blockade on the road may be opened by today evening. “We aim to open DN Road for vehicular traffic by 7 pm Friday,” PTI quoted Ward Officer Kiran Dighawkar as saying.

The foot overbridge had collapsed around 7.30 pm. It links the CSMT station with the Azad Maidan police station and Cama Hospital. It is often referred to as the “Kasab bridge” as Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008, had used it at the time. The bridge, which is over 30 years old, is also located near the BMC office.

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