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Mumbai building crash: Cops book landlord for negligence – Times of India

MUMBAI: Police on Friday registered a case of causing death by negligence against the landlord of the cessed Mishra building in Nagpada. The toilet block portion of the three-storey building was being repaired when it crashed on a house in the compound on Thursday, killing a 70-year-old woman and her 12-year-old granddaughter.
The police have invoked section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. “We have registered a case against the landlord who owns the redevelopment rights of the building. His firm is known as Sirsiwala Realty,” said Jayprakash Bhosale, senior inspector of Nagpada police station. The contractor, who undertook the repair work, has also been booked for not taking adequate safety measures while carrying out work.
The septuagenarian, Noor Qureshi, and her granddaughter, Aaliya, who were inside the house got trapped in the debris. They were pulled out after a four-hour operation, but were declared dead on arrival at a hospital. Police said 107 families were residing in Mishra building and its adjacent building. The residents were evacuated after the incident. The residents complained that the redevelopment proposal has been pending for a decade now. “There is a case in court and we are trying to get all the information and documents. No arrest has been made,” said a police officer. Sirsiwala Realty is the third landlord of the nearly 100-year-old building, added the officer.