Kolkata flyover tragedy:Police detain seven in connection with IVRCL, death toll at 24

KOLKATA: The police on Friday also detained 7 workers in Kolkata in connection with the IVRCL flyover collapse, according to police sources.

These are said to be labour heads at the Kolkata flyover construction site. However, it was not confirmed whether these were indeed employees of IVRCL or independent contractors hired by the company.

The official death toll is at 24 while sources suggest at least 26 have died in the tragic collapse of the under-construction Vivekananda flyover. Fifteen of the dead were identified while the identification process of the rest were on, police said.

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The police has detained 7 workers in Kolkata on Friday in connection with the IVRCL flyover collapse, according to police sources.

These are said to be labour heads at the Kolkata flyover construction site. However, it was not confirmed whether these were indeed employees of IVRCL or independent contractors hired by the company. Read more.

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The death toll has increased to 26, while 90 people were injured in the incident. It’s believed that no one else is trapped under the debris, and the operation to rescue people is almost over.

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5-member team of Kolkata Police has reached Hyderabad & has questioned officials of IVRCL infrastructure company

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RSS volunteers assist in the rescue and relief operations

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SS Guleria (DIG, NDRF) said that the operation is in its last phase and the recovery of dead bodies and removal of debris is on. He added that the possibility of finding alive victims very remote.

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Official death toll at 23.

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Latest updates from reporter Pooja Mehta

  1. The current official death toll rises to 22. However, sources say at least 26 dead in the collapse of the under-construction Vivekananda flyover.
  2. Several still trapped inside the debris.
  3. Several missing after the collapse. Search for them continues.
  4. Almost 50% rescue operation completed after NDRF teams and Army alongside Kolkata Police’s Disaster Management Group carried out operation overnight.
  5. Few more bodies pulled out of the debris today morning and shifted to hospital.
  6. NDRF official says chances of anyone alive underneath the debris bleak. The ones trapped inside are all feared to be dead.

    IVRCL on Friday came out to explain their stance on the Kolkata flyover tragedy that has killed 24 and injured over 80 people when it collapsed on Thursday.

“We have no info about the FIRs because they have not been served to us so far,” said the Legal Head of IVRCL according to ANI alert.

The further added that the legal team is supporting the investigation and said that no officials have been questioned.

“It is an accident, how can we fix responsibility on someone?” the Legal Head of IVRCL (infrastructure team) said.

When questioned about the “Act of God” statement passed by an IVRCL official on Thursday the legal team said that it was just an expression used to say that it was in no ones control.

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“The same materials were used for all the other slabs, how is it that this one fell down?” said the Legal Head, IVRCL

“We are also shocked that the flyover collapsed. We are also anxious to know why it happened,” the official added.

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Shares of infrastructure firm IVRCL on Friday came under huge selling pressure for the second consecutive day, plummeting nearly 12%, after a portion of a flyover being built by the company in Kolkata collapsed, killing at least 26 people and injuring several others.

The stock tumbled 10.79% to hit its one-year low of Rs 5.70 on BSE. At NSE, it crashed 11.71% to Rs 5.65 – its 52-week low.

The death toll in the mishap has climbed to 26 after three more bodies were recovered from underneath the piles of debris of concrete and iron girdles of the broken portion of the under-construction bridge.

(With inputs from PTI)