Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 17
According to officials of Disaster Management cell, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC, 28 people were extricated from under the rubble, out of which 17 were declared dead, while 11 injured were admitted in various hospitals. They said out of the injured, six persons have been discharged. Search and rescue operations are still going on in a war-footing.
Meanwhile, the police have detained the owner of the nursing home on the ground floor of the building. Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and order) Deven Bharti said prima facie, it appears that the accused was carrying out illegal renovation in the building.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the Ghatkopar building collapse site said that an offence has been registered and police are investigating. The Chief Minister further informed that he has directed the municipal commissioner to investigate and submit report within 15 days. He also assured for strict action against those responsible for this tragedy.
The four-storey residential building called Sai Apartment was located near Shreyas cinema on the busy LBS road in Ghatkopar in Mumbai city