Cops quiz engineers of construction firm

Slab collapsed

Even though no offence was registered in the slab collapse incident at Ayurvedic College in Wagholi that killed about 13 persons on Tuesday, the Pune rural police initiated investigation into the matter to understand the reason behind the mishap.

Police questioned two engineers of Prompt Landmarks, the firm that had bagged the contract from Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust for the construction of a building to expand Ayurved Cancer Research Centre. Police are probing whether the slab collapsed due to any structural or technical fault and who to hold responsible for the mishap.

Additional Superintendent of Police Ravindrasinh Pardeshi said offence was not yet registered in this case, but we have recorded statements of persons concerned. "Investigation is on. We have not yet come to any conclusion for lodging offence," he said.

Thirteen persons, including a woman, had died, while one labourer was seriously injured after an under-construction dome on the fourth floor of Ayurved Cancer Research Centre, Kesnand, collapsed around 2.15 pm Tuesday.

Among the deceased, one Abhishek Patil was an engineer and all others were migrant labourers. After postmortem at Sassoon Hospital, the bodies were handed over to the families of the deceased persons.

The victims were involved in cementing the slab under the dome supported on iron rods, pipes and angles erected from the ground floor to the fourth floor. While the slab work was on, the dome located over the duct crashed along with labourers.

In Jishan's death, parents lose their sole support, body flown to West Bengal

With the death of Jishan Haque (21) in Wagholi, his parents at Baligram in Murshidabad district of West Bengal lost their only support in their old age. Jishan is survived by his parents and three sisters, two of whom are married. His cousin Haque Asif Iqbal and Samrat Ali came to Pune on Wednesday to take his body.

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