The toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharashtra rose to 20 on Tuesday, after more bodies were recovered from the wreckage overnight, ANI reported citing the municipal corporation. Eight children are among those who died in the accident.
Two civic officials were suspended in connection with the collapse and a case was filed against the building owner. Bhiwandi District Commissioner of Police Rajkumar Shinde said the owner, identified as Sayyed Jilani, was charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, based on a complaint by civic officials. Jilani is yet to be arrested, he added.
An inquiry committee was also set up to look into the accident. The panel will include the assistant town planner of Bhiwandi, Shinde said.
The police said the authorities have managed to rescue 23 people trapped under the debris so far. Teams of the National Disaster Response…