After around 40 hours of rescue operation, 16 bodies were found while two persons were found alive beneath the rubble at the site of the Maharashtra’s Raigad district incident.
Meanwhile, the Mahad police arrested the RCC Contractor of the building, Bahubali Dhamane, from Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. He was produced before the Mangaon court, which remanded him in police custody till August 30.
Besides Mr. Dhamane, the Mahad city police on August 25 registered an offence against builder Farooq Kazi, architect Gaurav Shah, civic body engineer Shashikant Dighe and chief officer of Mahad Municipal Council Dipak Zinzad under Sections of 304, 304A, 337 and 338 of the IPC, he said.
“The builder, RCC consultant and architect were booked for poor quality of construction and the civic officials for issuing occupancy certificate,” he said, adding that a probe is underway.
Nine have been injured in the collapse of the five-storey building — Tareq Garden — in Mahad town, around 170 km from Mumbai, collapsed on August 24 evening.
According to a police officer, the rescue operation was called off around 11.30 a.m. on August 26.
The first causality was Sayyed Hameed Sameer (45), resident of an adjoining building who got hurt after debris hit him. He died on the way to hospital due to heart attack. The remaining 15 deceased were extricated from the rubble by National Disaster Response Force personnel.
The deceased have been identified as Adil Haseem Shaikhnag (14), Roshanbi Dawoodkhan Deshmukh (56), Nauseen Nadeem Bangi (30), Mateen Mukadam (45), Fateem Shaukat Alsulkar (60), Naveed Jamane (30), Ismat Haseem Shaikhnag (38), Fatima Ansari (43), Shaukat Adam Alsulkar (50), Altamash Ballari (35), Ayesha Nauseen Bangi (7), Rukiya Nauseen Bangi (2), Abdul Hameed Kazi (58), Habeeba Dawood Hazware (80) and Kamrunisa Ansari (63).
The injured are Nameera Shaukat Alsurkar (19), Santosh Sahani (24), Fareeda Riyaz Pore, Jayprakash Kumar (24), Deepak Kumar (21), Swapnil Pramod Shirke (23), Naveed Hameed Duste (32) and the two who were found alive beneath the rubble — Mohammad Nauseen Bangi (4) and Mehrunisa Abdul Hameed Kazi (60).
At least nine others, who suffered injuries in the incident, are undergoing treatment in a hospital, the officer said.
The teams comprising the personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police, local disaster management team, trekkers and local residents, were involved in the rescue operation.
On August 25, a four-year-old boy was pulled out alive from under the rubble 19 hours after the incident. A 60-year- old woman was also rescued 26 hours after the building collapse.
“Both of them are safe and undergoing treatment at hospital,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, as the work of debris removal is on, the NDRF team is still camping at the site.
( With inputs from PTI )