Thane Building Collapse: Death toll reaches 74, builders arrested

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Rescue work is carried out at the site of the collapsed building in Thane, Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Thane, Apr 6 (PTI): With the death of an injured woman at Sion Hospital in Mumbai and recovery of a child’s body from the debris at the site, the death toll in the building collapse at Shil Phata area in the district reached 74 this evening.

According to Regional Disaster Management Control (RDMC) sources, the mishap left 74 people dead of which 33 are men, 23 women and 18 children.

Of the 59 injured, 36 have been admitted to hospitals in Thane, Kalwa and Mumbra. The seriously injured have been shifted to JJ and Sion Hospitals in Mumbai.

Two developers, involved in the construction of the illegal building which collapsed in Thane district on Thursday, were today arrested.

“Builders Jamil Qureshi and Salim Shaikh were arrested from their hideouts today,” Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi told PTI.

Qureshi was nabbed from Uttar Pradesh, while Shaikh was apprehended from Thane, he said.

Police had registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the builders, who were on the run since the incident.

Rescuers continued to recover more bodies from the debris of the seven-storey illegal under- construction building that collapsed in Shil Phata area, taking the death toll to 72 today.

According to the Regional Disaster Management Control (RDMC) sources, the mishap left 72 people dead including 33 men, 22 women, and 17 children.

Of the 60 injured, 36 have been admitted to hospitals in Thane, Kalwa and Mumbra. The seriously injured have been shifted to JJ and Sion Hospitals in Mumbai.

A 65-year-old woman, identified as Kutibi Shaikh, was rescued after being trapped for almost 30 hours. She was admitted to the CSM hospital here last night in a state of shock but is stable, doctors attending to her said.

At the collapse site, another survivor Shabnam told reporters that she had received a distress call on her mobile phone from a young teacher around 3 pm yesterday saying that she was trapped along with six-seven students, but lost contact thereafter.

The fate of the teacher and students is still not known.

Heartbreaking tales like a male survivor losing 13 members of his family have unfolded, as rescuers looked for survivors and bodies in the debris.

Earlier, the National Disaster Response Force, pressed into service to assist the local police and civic administration, had rescued 59 people.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had yesterday told the Maharashtra Assembly that the local deputy municipal commissioner and senior police inspector were suspended.

An additional chief secretary level probe has been ordered, he said.

The illegal structure, which was under-construction, collapsed in Shil Phata area at around 6.30 PM on Thursday.

Shil Phata is located between Mumbra and Dombivli in Thane district.

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