Based on PWD report, 3 engineers held, search on for fourth accused
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The Pune rural police have registered an offence against four persons in connection with the slab collapse incident at Wagholi in which 13 people were killed on Tuesday. Pramod Madhukar Gore (53) of Prompt Landmarks Private Limited, Erandwane, site engineer Makrand Chandfrakant Kulkarniu (38) of Bhusari Colony, Kothrud and site supervisor Vyankat Shripati Jadhav (40) of Mahadev Nagar, Hadapsar were arrested on Friday and a search has been launched for the centering contractor, B A Rajgauda.
An offence of negligence was registered with the Loni Kand police following a report submitted by the state Public Works Department (PWD) on Thursday.
As many as 13 people, including a woman, died, and a labourer suffered serious injuries after the dome under construction on the fourth floor of an Ayurved Cancer Research Center, Kesnand in Wagholi collapsed around 2.15 pm on Tuesday.
Among the deceased, one identified as Abhishek Patil was an engineer and all others were labourers hailing from different states who had come to Pune in search of work. The victims were cementing the slab under the dome supported on iron rods, pipes and angles erected from the ground floor to the fourth floor. While the slab work was on, the dome located over the duct came crashing along with the labourers.
Police said that suspect Gore's Prompt Landmarks firm was given the contract by Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Trust for extension work of the Ayurved Cancer Research Center.
Police had sought a report from the state PWD to identify the miscreants. PWD officials visited the site and submitted their report to the police on Thursday, in which they held four contractors responsible for the mishap. Inspector Rajendra Patil of Lonikand police station is investigating the case.
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