Kolkata police have filed a case of murder on the IVRCL, the firm building the flyover in the city that collapsed on Thursday killing 27 people. Earlier, the company was booked under Section 304 D, a criminal act not amounting to murder but gross negligence.
However, the comapny has denied any negligence in the construction.
A four-member police investigation team has arrived from Kolkata to Hyderabad and reportedly interrogated the top executives of the company.
The company, under fire for its officials using the expression “act of god”, clarified that it was used only to describe that it was under no one’s control and that the reasons for the collapse were not known. Sita, the legal head of the company said it was just an expression.
Mr K. Panduranga Rao, group head, HR and administration, IVRCL, told reporters that they have no information about police team from Kolkata reaching Hyderabad. “Nobody has contacted us.” But police sources have confirmed that they have indeed questioned the company officials
The official, however, said their technical persons and legal experts had rushed to Kolkata. “We will extend all cooperation in the investigations.”
He said the reason would be known only after thorough investigations. “Like the whole nation we are also extremely shocked and moved by this incident. It takes time to put everything in place,” the official said.
Claiming that quality material was used in the construction, they said there was no compromise on the quality.
“Same material used for 59 slabs and pillars, nothing happened how can only 60th fall down. We are also surprised and curious to know,” he said.
Replying to a query, Panduranga Rao said in projects like these there will be many sub-contractors but did not give the numbers. “There is no politics involved,” he said, when asked to comment on allegations by opposition parties in West Bengal that the contracts were given to leaders belonging to ruling Trinamool Congress.
On how the construction was taken up in a congested area, he said all approvals were given by the Kolkata municipal authorities.