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Byculla building collapse: Case filed against SBUT officials

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Mumbai: Rescue work in progress after a five storey building collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday. Seven persons were killed, 15 others injured, while around 25 people are feared trapped after a five-storey residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazaar area of south Mumbai. PTI Photo(PTI8_31_2017_000029B)

Mumbai: Police have registered a case of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ against unnamed officials of the Saifi Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) in connection with the collapse of a five-story building in south Mumbai last month in which 33 people were killed.

“We registered a case against the officials of SBUT and others yesterday,” said senior inspector Shirish Gaikwad of J J Marg police station. “As the personal responsibility is yet to be fixed, we did not mention any names in the case,” he said. Five-story Hussaini Building on Pakmodia Street in Dongri area collapsed on August 31, killing 33 persons. Sixteen others were injured.

The dilapidated building, which was more than hundred years old, had been declared dangerous to live in. SBUT is supposed to redevelop several buildings in the area under `cluster redevelopment’ scheme. It is alleged that the trust failed to get the building vacated in time despite getting permission to pull it down in March 2011.