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Kolkata flyover tragedy: 10 IVRCL officers sent to police custody

A city court on Monday remanded to police custody till April 15 the ten arrested officials of Hyderabad-based IVRCL which was building the Vivekananda Road flyover that collapsed last month.The order was passed by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Bankshall Court Madhumita Basu.They have been charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The arrested are the construction company’s Director Operations Gopal Krishnamurthy, Deputy General Manager of Project Monitoring Cell (PMC) S K Ratnam, Assistant General Manager Mallikaarjun Rao, Assistant Manager Debjyoti Manjumdar and Structure Manager Pradip Kumar Saha.The others are Project Manager Tanmoy Sil and senior engineers Shyamal Manna and Bidyut Manna and Manager (Civil Execution) of IVRCL, Niloy Roy and Assistant Vice-President of Project Monitoring Cell (PMC) and administration of the Eastern Region Ranajit Bhattacharjee.Twenty-six people were killed and around 89 were injured as a portion of the Vivekananda Road flyover collapsed on March 31 in busy Burrabazar area.

Kolkata flyover tragedy: Rahul Gandhi to visit site today

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit Kolkata’s Girish Park area, where the collapse of a flyover on Thursday led to the death of 24 people. Gandhi is likely to visit the hospital to meet the people injured due to the mishap and also express his solidarity with those who lost their lives. The state government had earlier announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. five lakh to next of kin of the victims and Rs. two lakh to gravely injured people.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hyderabad-based construction company IVRCL, which was constructing the flyover, said that the unfortunate incident was an accident and maintained that it was beyond anyone’s control. A day after an under-construction flyover collapsed in the city leaving at least 24 dead, the police tonight arrested three top officials of a Hyderabad based company which was building the flyover and slapped murder charges on them.Earlier the police had detained 10 officials of the construction company IVRCL’s Kolkata office for questioning and later arrested three of them, a senior Kolkata Police officer said. The three – Assistant General Manager Mallikaarjun, Assistant Manager Debjyoti Manjumdar and Structure Manager Pradip Kumar Saha – were arrested under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) and others.They will be produced before a court. Seven other officials of the company are still detained, the officer said, adding that a team of Kolkata Police has left for Hyderabad to meet IVRCL top bosses.Police had registered a case against the construction firm under sections 304, 308 and 407 of the IPC and sealed its local office. The state government also suspended a chief engineer and an executive engineer of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority who were involved in the construction of the flyover pending completion of the probe which the government ordered yesterday.It also ordered immediate inspection of the remaining portion of the flyover to ascertain its stability and safety, an official release said. About a 60-metre-long stretch of the 2.2 km flyover under construction crashed down yesterday afternoon on a congested road intersection here. Forensic experts visited the site and collected samples of materials used for the construction for examination.A day after an official of IVRCL dubbed the flyover collapse as an “act of God”, IVRCL’s legal team head P Sita said, “It is an accident”. She also did not rule out sabotage and referred to a media report which said there could have been a bomb blast.”An act of God was just an expression only to describe that it is under no one’s control,” she said in Hyderabad.

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