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Three detained in Thane building collapse

April 07, 2013 11:48 IST

Three persons, including an assistant municipal commissioner and a Nationalist Congress Party corporator, have been detained in connection with the building collapse in Thane district claiming 74 lives, police sources said on Sunday.

Those detained since last night are -- Assistant Municipal Commissioner Babasaheb Andale, police constable S Sayeed and NCP Corporator representing the ward, Hira Patil, they said.

On Saturday, police had arrested developers -- Jamil Qureshi and Salim Shaikh -- involved in the construction of the illegal seven-storey building, which collapsed in Thane district on Thursday.

Suspended Deputy Municipal Commissioner Deepak Chavan was also arrested in connection with the building collapse case, police said.

The two builders have been arrested under relevant sections of IPC, including sections 304(A) (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), police said.

Civic authorities yesterday pulled down some godowns in the vicinity and two more such illegal buildings which had come up near the ill-fated building at Shil Phata area in Mumbra township of Thane district that crashed on Thursday.

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