Two days after the building collapse incident at Vakola, the local police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the developer, the lawyer who had taken a stay order from the Bombay High Court against the demolition of the building and the civic officer concerned.
According to the police, seven people died and four others were injured when the dilapidated seven-storey Shankarlok building collapsed last Friday.
Senior police inspector Vinayak Mule of Vakola police station said: "Following preliminary investigation, we have registered a case under section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and several other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. As of now, three people have been booked developer of the building Sindha Sreedharan, a lawyer who took a stay order against the demolition of the building and the civic official who was dealing with the building files."
The BMC claims it had also issued notices to adjoining buildings asking them to vacate their premises due to the dilapidated condition of Shankarlok. "Now, we are scrutinising each and every document related to the building," said Mule.