Dahisar police Wednesday lodged an FIR against four persons in connection with the Piyush Cooperative building collapse that killed seven persons and injured seven. No arrests have been made yet.
The societys former chairman Bhikabhai Nanjibhai Dudhaat (55),secretary Babubhai Vishrambhai Patel (49),watchman Mansingh Lamsal (40) and owner Nemjibhai Gangar alias Shah (65) were booked for death due to negligence.
Lamsal was booked because he allowed his family members to live in the building illegally. He lost his wife Nandkala Lamsal (35),daughter Pavitraa Lamsal (7) and brother-in-law Lalusingh Sarkhi (22) in the collapse.
According to police,Gangar,the main accused,bought the property in 1979. He built Piyush,Pallavi and Bhavin buildings on the land by 1981. Gangar had paid neither the registration fees nor the stamp duty.
In 2010,BMC declared the building dangerous after the foundation developed cracks and sent notices to the society to vacate the building for redevelopment. The society had approached Gangar,who initially agreed to redevelop the building,but refused in 2012. Gangar did not give an NOC to the residents either. The residents then approached another builder for redevelopment.
When no repairs were undertaken within 60 days,BMC filed a case against the society at the metropolitan court in Vile Parle,of which the hearing is still going on.
We are conducting inquiries in the matter, said Sunil Deshmukh,assistant commissioner.
The other four who died,all vendors,are Faizan Shaikh (22),Dharmendra Harijan (22),Asif Shaikh (20) and Sabhajit Yadav (40).