Under-construction unit in Nalasopara comes crashing down, 25 injured

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 11:01am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

At least 25 people were injured, two of them severely, when the wall of an under-construction industrial unit at Nalasopara Phata along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway collapsed on Tuesday morning. Pravita Pagi, 15 and Mithun Bhavar, 19, the two labourers who sustained severe injuries, have been shifted to a hospital in Mumbai for treatment.

While 14 of the injured with fractures and blunt trauma are being treated in Golden Park hospital in Vasai, nine others have been released after primary treatment for bruises and cuts.    

The industrial unit was coming up at the Rashid Compound situated on tribal land. Civic officials have claimed that the construction of the unit was illegal and the 30ft-high wall was being built with inferior materials. Following the collapse, state government officials demolished the structure on Tehsildar Rajendra Chavan’s order.    

The police have arrested the owner of Rashid Compound, Rahid Sheikh, and his partner Abdullah Sheikh. They will be produced before the Vasai court on Wednesday. “We have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Child Labour Act and Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act and are investigating the matter further,” said Rajendra Mohite, senior police inspector, Valiv police station. 

“The injured are mostly tribals. As per the amendments in the Bombay Provisional Act, the civic officer from that jurisdiction should be booked for not demolishing the structure. I have urged the state government to take action against the responsible officer,” said MLA Vivek Pandit, founder, Shramjeevi Sanghatana.

Victims mostly tribals
The injured are mostly tribals.

While 14 of the injured with fractures and blunt trauma are being treated in Golden Park hospital in Vasai, nine others have been released after primary treatment for bruises and cuts.


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