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Apr 12, 2013 at 09:43am IST

Thane building collapse: Police arrest two more for the tragedy

Thane: Two more arrests have been made by the Thane Police in connection with the Mumbra building collapse case. The arrest of suspended Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Shyam Thorbole and Hadis Ulla Chowdhury, a partner of the builders earlier arrested by the Thane Police, has taken the number of those in police's custody for the tragedy to 15.

Shyam Thorbole was arrested on January 23 by the Thane's ACB unit for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a complainant at Diva, where the TMC had demolished around seven illegal chawls, said police. He had allegedly accepted the bribe for discontinuation of the demolition drive. Following his arrest in the bribery case, he was suspended. Thorbole was later out on bail and was under the police scanner. Seventy-four persons, including a large number of children, were killed when a seven-storey under-construction illegal building collapsed at Shil-Phata in Mumbra on April 4.

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On Tuesday, police had arrested Executive Engineer Subash Rawal and the Deputy Engineer Ramesh Inamdar in connection with the incident. Builders Abdul Salim Aziz Siddiqui and Jameel Ahmad Jajaluddin Shaikh, who constructed the structure, are among those arrested. They face the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and criminal conspiracy, among others. Three officials of the TMC, one of them a Deputy Municipal Commissioner, an architect, Corporator Hira Patil, a building material supplier and a local journalist, are among those arrested earlier.

(With additional information from PTI)