Two children were crushed under a temple wall that collapsed at Chembur on Sunday.
Govandi police received a call from locals at 2.45 pm informing them that the wall of Vishweshwara temple located close to Acharya College in Chembur had collapsed. The police said the temple has two gates one at the eastern side and the other on the south. The gate at the eastern end is the common entry and exit point to the temple.
The officers said on the southern side,the owners of the property had created a 6×4 ft wall so that people could not enter the temple through this gate and to deflect sunlight. The wall was built in 2004 and was about four feet away from the door that had the name plates of the trustees of the temple, said Bhalchandra Rane,senior inspector.
The police said the two deceased Vishal Wagude (8) and Anjali Mhaske (7) both residents of a slum colony nearby,were walking close to the wall when it collapsed. Anjali died on the spot while Vishal breathed his last on the way to Shatabdi hospital in Govandi.
The Govandi police have registered a case against Dilip Patil and his wife Suvarna under IPC section 304 (II) for culpable homicide not amounting to murder as well as from other relevant sections for unauthorised construction. No arrests have been made so far.
Though locals had warned them that the wall was old and could fall any moment,they did not take necessary precautionary measures, said Rane.