Death toll rises to 26 in Kolkata flyover collapse

Kolkata, Date: 02/04/2016. Part of an old building is also effected for the collapsed flyover in Kolkata on Saturday. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty   | Photo Credit: Ashoke Chakrabarty

With the recovery of two more bodies from the debris of the partially collapsed under construction flyover in North Kolkata, the death toll went up to 26 on Saturday.

One more official of the Hyderabad-based company IVRCL was arrested later in the day, taking the number of arrests in the case to four. The flyover collapsed in the Burrabazar area in North Kolkata on Thursday afternoon.

Tanmay Sil, (48), Assistant General Manager (Projects) of IVRCL was arrested around 5 p.m. “He was first detained from Bardhaman district,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Debasish Boral said. He said Mr. Sil, a resident of Bali in Howrah district, was involved in the project since its beginning.

Mr. Sil oversaw the ground level work of the project and was responsible for sending reports to IVRCL.

“He has been with IVRCL since 2006 and was involved with the aforesaid project since 2009,” added Mr. Boral. “A Kolkata police team, which went to Hyderabad earlier this week, has served notice to the board of directors to IVRCL asking them to come here for questioning,” said Mr. Boral. BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of awarding a contract to IVRCL during her tenure as Minister of Railways in 2011. He said the CPI (M) was equally responsible for the tragedy as it awarded the contract for the flyover in 2009 when the firm was blacklisted.

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