SIT to probe Pimpri Chinchwad hoarding collapse case
With only one arrest in the case so far, the Pimpri Chinchwad police have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the hoarding collapse which killed five persons and injured three others in Kiwale on April 17.
In the wake of the incident, the police earlier registered a suo motu case of culpable homicide and booked the owner of the site, the contractor who erected the hoarding, the person who had rented it and the firm that was advertising on it, officials said. Officers have till now arrested Namdeo Barku Mhasudge, who owns the site, while the others remain on the run.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Pimpri Chinchwad) Kakasaheb Dole said, “We have formed an SIT for the arrest of the remaining suspects and for coordinated investigation. The SIT will comprise two police inspector-rank officers, one assistant inspector and their respective team members as supporting staff. We have made one arrest till now and others are on the run. Search is on for them.”
Besides Mhasudge, the others booked include Datta Gulab Taras, the contractor who constructed the structure and Mahesh Tanaji Gade, who rented the hoarding.
Asked whether the company that was advertising on the hoarding has been identified, DCP Dole said, “We are currently searching for Gade who had rented the hoarding. After his arrest, we will get the exact details of his transaction with the building and construction company that was using the hoarding for its advertisement.” Officials said that the SIT comprises Inspector Shivaji Gaware of Ravet police station and Inspector Sanosh Patil from Wakad police station, their supporting staff and some police officials from Dehu Road police station.
Five people, including four women, were killed and three more seriously injured after the steel structure of the hoarding collapsed next to the service road of the Katraj Dehu Road Bypass in the Kiwale area on Monday evening. The incident had taken place around 5.30 pm on the service road of the bypass of the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway. The probe has revealed that the hoarding was illegally constructed.