Kolkata: Police in Kolkata sealed the offices of IVRCL, a Hyderabad-based builders, which was constructing the flyover in the city that collapsed killing at least 21 people and injuring around 80.
A senior police officer in Kolkata told reporters that the local office of the company has been sealed and a case registered against charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt to commit culpable homicide and criminal breach of trust.
Earlier, the builders of the flyover pleaded the collapse was “act of God”.
“It is nothing but God’s act. This has not happened to us in 27 years,” said K Panduranga Rao, a senior official of the Hyderabad-based IVRCL group.
Dr Rao said around 45 per cent of the flyover was unfinished.
“A girder must have been missed and another probably fell,” he said, responding to reporters at the site where a massive rescue effort was in progress. He admitted that construction had been “going on for a few years”.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, told NDTV that “It is wrong for builders to be so casual in their statement… It is a big loss of human lives, strong action will be taken.”
The 2-km flyover has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion.
A newspaper reported last November that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wanted the much-delayed project to be completed by February.
Opposition parties allege that the flyover was being built without proper planning and rules had been overlooked to allow its construction at a teeming commercial area.
The IVRCL, with a net turnover of more than Rs. 5,000 crore, is headquartered in Hyderabad with offices in more than a dozen cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.