Kolkata flyover tragedy: Murder charges against construction firm, 10 held
Kolkata: The city police have brought murder charges among others against the Hyderabad-based IVRCL and detained at least ten of its employees in connection with the flyover collapse in the city that has claimed at least 24 lives so far, police said on Friday.
The Vivekananda Road flyover under construction collapsed on the busy Posta area of the city on Thursday killing at least 24 people and injuring many more.
Following instruction of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, police registered a first information report against the company subsequent to the tragedy.
“The charges brought against the company include murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy among others. So far 10 people including R K Gopal Nanduri – regional business head have been detained,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Debashish Boral.
He also said a 23 member special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the matter.
Besides sealing off the company’s city offices, a Kolkata police team reached the company headquarters in Hyderabad during the day for questioning the company officials.
Meanwhile, Army teams which have been carrying out rescue operations returned to bases after completing the tasks assigned to them.
“The army rescue team has been derequisitioned today after the clearance of the debris that was impacting on the flow of traffic. The task that was set out for the army was achieved within 24 hours. The soldiers and all other teams have returned to their bases. The remaining work is being undertaken by the civil administration,” said an army spokesperson.
The army had deployed nearly 500 personnel including teams of medics and ambulances while General Officer Commanding (GOC) Bengal Area Lt. General Rajeev Tewary personally supervised the rescue operation.
According to city Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the official death toll stood at 24 with over 80 people injured.