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Katraj tragedy: One more case against Rathod brothers

The Pune rural police have registered one more offence against the Rathod brothers,accused of encroachment of acquired land in Shindewadi,under various sections of the National Highways Act.

Written by Express News Service |
June 16, 2013 3:02:47 am

The Pune rural police have registered one more offence against the Rathod brothers,accused of encroachment of acquired land in Shindewadi,under various sections of the National Highways Act.

Police had already booked Kisan Rathod and his brother Pandit Rathod under of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966. Both had been arrested and later released on bail.

The offence was registered after water-logging,caused due to collection of debris from the hill and rainwater near the Katraj tunnel at Shindewadi,led to the death of Vishakha Sachin Wadekar (31) and her daughter Sanskruti on June 6.

On Saturday,Rajgad police booked both the Rathod brothers under the National Highways Act,1956,after a complaint in this connection was registered by Malhari Bandgar of Pune-Satara Toll Road Company,a JV of National Highways Authority of India and Reliance Infrastructure.

APS (Pune Rural police) Ravindrasinh Pardeshi said,“The two have been booked under Section 8B National Highways Act. The complaint states that the construction undertaken by the Rathod brothers’ firm has encroached 18 meters into the area acquired by the Pune Satara Toll Road Company. The brothers do not have any permit for the construction.”

Section 8B refers to ‘mischief by injury to the national highway’ and has punishment up to five years of imprisonment.

Meanwhile,both Pune rural police and the district administration are carrying out separate investigations into who was responsible for the condition that caused heavy water-logging on that fateful day.

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