Court remands two builders in police custody till July 2

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Monday, 1 July 2019

A holiday judicial magistrate court on Sunday remanded two builders in police custody till July 2 in connection with the Kondhwa wall collapse case, in which 15 persons were killed. 

Pune: A holiday judicial magistrate court on Sunday remanded two builders in police custody till July 2 in connection with the Kondhwa wall collapse case, in which 15 persons were killed. 

The police produced Vivek Sunil Agarwal (32) and Vipul Sunil Agarwal (30), partners in Alcon Landmarks, the company that developed the Alcon Stylus building, whose retaining wall collapsed, before the court on Sunday. 

“The arrested accused’s company built a weak wall, while the other builder built a shelter for labourers at the wall, endangering their life.”

“The arrested accused did not take action even after getting complaints about cracks in the wall. We are also investigating whether the wall was constructed illegally. Also, there might be more accused in the case,” the police stated in the remand report. 

The incident took place at the site of Kanchan Developers adjacent to Alcon Stylus residential building near Talab Masjid in Kondhwa. The labourers lived in tin huts built below the retaining wall of the building. After a spell of heavy rains throughout the day and Friday night, the compound wall collapsed on the huts trapping people who were sleeping in the houses around 1.30 am Saturday. 

Within hours of the incident, an FIR was registered with Kondhwa police station suo motu against the partners, site engineers, supervisors and labour contractors of two companies - one that has constructed the building whose retaining wall collapsed and company which had undertaken the construction and excavation work where labourers worked and lived in shanties. The case has been registered for offence under 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. 

Those named in the FIR are Jadgishprasad Agarwal, Sachin Agarwal, Rajesh Agarwal, Vivek Sunil Agarwal (32) and Vipul Sunil Agarwal (30) -- partners in the Alcon Landmarks construction company that developed the Alcon Stylus residential building, whose retaining wall collapsed. Pankaj Vhora, Suresh Shah, Rashmikant Gandhi - partners of SVG Kanchan Group, which is constructing Kanchan Exotica residential buildings, have also been booked. The labourers worked at the Kanchan Exotica site. The other builders are wanted in the case.

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