29-year-old Sandip Mohite, who was trapped under the debris of a building which collapsed early Friday morning, was found dead when the rescue team finally managed to reach his car under the debris of the five story building. Sandip was trapped for over 12 hours since 3 am on Friday morning when the five storey building came crashing. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire brigade officials removed his head body from the debris at 4.25 pm.
A medical officer who examined his dead body before it was taken out said that Mohite had died due to suffocation.
The building crashed in the wee hours of Friday when all five floors came down. Mohite, the only one to get trapped was re-visiting the parking of the building to fetch his four wheeler when the structure collapsed. The building was located in Bhumkar Mala locality in Ambegaon Narhe village at Pune outskirts.
Locals said that the building – was constructed about a year back but the builder had left it incomplete. The building had 20 flats on five floors out of which 9 flats were occupied. One room was occupied by the watchman who was staying with his family.
“The residents have been noticing cracks in the building for quite some time now. On Thursday night the residents suddenly woke up to tremors and see cracks in the walls. Those who noticed woke up others and helped all 25 persons to vacate the building. Sandip, had returned to the parking lot of the building to drive out the cars. He successfully took out one but when he went the second time the building crashed,” an eyewitness said.
The builder has been detained by Bharati Vidyapeeth Police Station and is being questioned. Those who recieved minor injuries have been hositalised in Navale Hospital.
The village Amegaon Narhe and adjoining area are notorious for illegal construction activities. The district administration had undertaken multiple drives against the illegal construction in the recent past in the area.