Days after a building collapsed in Inderlok killed 10 persons, including five children and three women, Delhi Police on Wednesday filed a status report in the case on the orders of a metropolitan court. Simultaneously, the court has also taken note of a petition seeking action against North Municipal Corporation officials in the area.
The petition, by advocates Ranjan Kathumaria and Kunal, has sought action against the civic body officials. It has accused them of being in “connivance” with the owner and builder of the property, of being involved in the illegal construction and digging in the basement of the building.
“The…act…made themselves (civic body officials) liable to be prosecuted as per provisions of law. That the police station concerned did not lodge an FIR against the builder and owner of the building is very shocking as it seems that the police did not implicate them (culprits) intentionally. They are also liable to be prosecuted because without their connivance, the owner and builder of that property were unable to do illegal construction. The main culprits are moving free in the society… If the accused persons had prevented the illegal and unathorised construction, then the above incident would not have happened and the lives of many people would have been saved,” the petition stated.
The petition was filed before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate (Central) Ajay Kumar, after the court, which held the builder and owner accountable for the incident, sought a status report from police. In the status report, Sub Inspector Karmvir Singh of Sarai Rohilla police station has said that once the PCR call was received, police “took control of the situation and managed the crowd. An FIR under Section 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) has been registered on the statement of Md Rashid in the matter. Investigation of the case is on. A forensic team also visited the site and an inspection was carried out. The report is still awaited”.
On June 28, a building in Tulsi Nagar, Inderlok collapsed at 8.40 am, killing ten persons. The matter will now be heard on July 23.