Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Nine arrested over building deaths

Rescue workers look for trapped people after a residential building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai (AP)

Police in India have arrested nine people, including builders, police officers and municipality officials, for colluding to illegally construct a residential building that collapsed, killing 74 people.

Police commissioner KP Raghuvanshi said two builders were arrested for allegedly paying bribes to police and municipality officials to construct the eight-storey building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane without any official sanction.

The building came crashing down on Thursday in the country's worst housing collapse in recent decades.

Mr Raghuvanshi said that police will formally charge the nine with culpable homicide and causing death by negligence at the end of an investigation into the accident.

If convicted, they can be sentenced to up to life in prison.

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