The police have stumbled upon concrete proof that an indifferent BMC was responsible for the building collapse on Dockyard Road on Friday. The death toll reached 61 on Tuesday. When the police went to arrest Jamaluddin Kazi, BMC’s market inspector, in his office in Byculla, they found a copy of an application that left them shocked.
It was a photocopy of an application written by Bodadutt Kamble, 55, a resident of the ill-fated building, on December 27, 2011. He warned the BMC that the structure will collapse “any moment” because the building was in bad shape. The letter was addressed to the assistant engineer (building repairs).
Kamble was one of the persons who died in the collapse, along with three members of his family. The letter also had the signatures of other residents.
Police sources say Kazi’s job was to take care of the dilapidated buildings in his area, report to his superior officers about the present state of the buildings, and to review the applications made by building residents regarding repairs.
“On Sunday, when we went to Kazi’s office we found a photocopy of an application,” an officer said.
Death toll touches 61
A 32-year-old woman died of injuries on Tuesday taking the death toll in the Dockyard building collapse to 61.
A JJ hospital doctor said Puja Patankar was on ventilator and needed dialysis.
She stayed with her husband Amol, who died in the collapse, on the fourth floor of the ill-fated building.