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Contractor used poor quality material building | Vadodara News

Vadodara: The civil contractor of the under-construction building which collapsed in Bawamanpura area near Panigate on Monday midnight was detained on Wednesday, after an offence was registered at the Panigate police station on Tuesday late night.
The complaint was made by the father of one of the victims, Pradeep Dindol (Patel), accusing the contractor Mohammed Mahir Kabutarwala of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Pradeep’s father, Ramesh, told the police that Kabutarwala used construction material like sand, bricks, cement and iron rods of poor quality and in lesser quantity for constructing the building. He also alleged that no safety precautions were also taken regarding an underground water tank. Due to these poor practices, the building did not have proper strength and it tilted before collapsing completely, Ramesh told the cops.
“There were some issues with underground water tank as we suspect that there were some leakages in it,” said a police official. “We have not interrogated the contractor yet as his Covid-19 test report is awaited, but once he is formally arrested we will get more information about the kind of material he had used and from where he had bought,” he added.
Investigation also revealed that the building was being constructed for residential purpose. However, the owner of the building Mujfara Mohammed Ali Sheikh has not been made a co-accused. “Until the building’s construction is over and the possession is handed over to the owner, the safety is the contractor’s responsibility,” said inspector V S Kolcha of Panigate police station.
Three persons including Pradeep died in the mishap while another person Ritu Dindol (Patel) survived with injuries. Other victims were identified as Vakita Dindol (Patel) and her husband Kamlesh.

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