Probing the collapse of two buildings, Greater Noida Police have registered an FIR against the contractors, sub-contractors, builders, property dealers and architect, naming 21 people as accused under various IPC sections and the Criminal Law Amendment Act.
One of the buildings was constructed a year ago, and flats in it were up for sale. Only one family, which includes a one-year-old toddler, had moved in so far — on July 14. The under-construction building was occupied by labourers.
Police said four people have been arrested so far, including builders and property dealers Dinesh and Sanjeev Kumar, and a man who owned land in the area, Shanker Dwivedi.
According to the FIR, construction of the property at Khasra number 5, Shahberi, had been carried out by GK Homes. The FIR states that the builder “knowingly” used “bad quality material” for construction. “Knowing that the bad quality material may result in death, the said buildings were constructed, due to which it collapsed. Innocent people have been killed due to this,” the FIR said.
It added that the builders had been “warned” by authorities at frequent intervals — but they did not cease construction. District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the reasons for the collapse, with a report sought in 15 days.
NDRF Commandant P K Srivastava, who led the rescue operations, said: “The buildings collapsed like a matchbox. Rescue efforts are taking time since we cannot use heavy machinery to clear the rubble for fear of harming trapped victims.”
Mintoo Deka and his wife Sikha, who made a PCR call, said they heard a loud thud, which felt like an “earthquake”. “I held my wife and asked her to run as I thought our building was going to collapse. When I rushed out, it was dust all over.”