Rahul Gandhi will visit Kolkata flyover collapse site tomorrow as cops detain 7 IVRCL officials

Three more bodies were recovered from under the debris of the flyover that collapsed on to vehicles and street vendors in Kolkata, taking the toll to 24 as seven officials of IVRCL, that was building the structure, have been detained.

According to latest report, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is going to visit the collapse site on Saturday.

Around 90 people were injured in the collapse and the condition of seven of them was stated to be "very critical".

Armymen along with Kolkata Police, disaster management team, NDRF and fire brigade personnel engaged in rescue work throughout the night, pulled out three more bodies from underneath the rubble of concrete, a police officer said on Friday.

The number of people injured in the mishap, he said, was close to 90. "Nobody alive has been recovered... Two mangled autorickshaws apart from a few other vehicles have been pulled out. One lorry is still stuck inside... Whether there is anybody trapped inside cannot be said," he said.

About 60-metre-long portion of the under-construction flyover collapsed yesterday afternoon on a congested road intersection here.

Five officials of the Hyderabad-based construction company IVRCL have been detained, Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar said.

Site of the collapse in Kolkata. PTI

Site of the collapse in Kolkata. PTI

"We have detained a few officials of the construction company. We are taking action against them," he said.

Kolkata Police had yesterday registered a case against the Hyderabad-based construction firm under sections 304, 308 and 407 of the IPC and sealed the local office of company engaged in the flyover's construction.

"It is nothing but God's act," claimed Panduranga Rao of the IVRCL Construction company engaged in the flyover's construction.

The West Bengal government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident that triggered a blame game with the opposition accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of callousness.

Meanwhile, a four-member police team from West Bengal on Friday arrived in Hyderabad as part of its probe to question officials of IVRCL after the flyover it was constructing collapsed in Kolkata.

"They have come and are doing investigation," a top police official of Hyderabad Police told PTI.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Muktar Abbas Naqvi on Friday accused the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government of "criminal negligence" in relief work and alleged that it was engaged in a "competition on corruption" with the previous Left Front dispensation resulting in the flyover collapse.

"The Chief Minister and the ruling Trinamool Congress have indulged in petty politics of accusing the previous Left Front government. It is not the time to accuse the previous government.

"If the previous Left Front government had indulged in corruption, then why didn't the TMC government stop it after coming to power? It seems a competition on corruption was on between the two. And the flyover collapse is a result of it," Naqvi told reporters.

"We feel that the state government was casual in its approach in conducting the relief work. Had they been more pro-active, the relief work could have started much earlier. It is a clear case of criminal negligence on the part of the state government," the Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said.

Naqvi reiterated the demand for a CBI probe into the incident.

"We feel that a CBI inquiry should be initiated into the incident... All the culprits, however big they may be, should be arrested. The state should request for a CBI inquiry. This incident is a clear case of rampant corruption regarding the construction of flyover," Naqvi said.

Hyderabad-based IVRCL which was constructing the flyover in Kolkata, a portion of which collapsed yesterday killing 24 people, today described the incident as an "accident", a day after another official of the company had dubbed it as an "act of God".

"An act of God was just an expression only to describe that it is under no one's control", P Sita, the construction company's legal team head, told reporters here.

K Panduranga Rao, Group Head (HR & Admin) of the Hyderabad-based company had told reporters yesterday, "it's nothing but a God's act. So far in 27 years we have constructed several number of bridges...such thing (collapse) never happened,"

"We are surprised and extremely shocked. We are there to cooperate with investigation, but investigation takes time", Sita said.

Showing a photograph in a newspaper, she said that it looked like a site of bomb blast. There were various aspects which would be looked into.

Stating that same construction materials were used in building the ongoing flyover, she asked, "why did this happen? We are anxious to know the reasons".

Regarding the delay, another official of the company said, "78 per cent work of the flyover is over. A number of clearances have not yet come".


Updated Date: Apr 01, 2016 17:48 PM

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