Mumbai building collapse: Case registered against shop owners

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Mumbai, Aug 26 (ANI): A case has been registered against two shop owners after a portion of a four-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.

According to the police, Yunus Kasam Memon and Irfan Yusuf Memon, who own a shop of mobile handset covers, had allegedly added a staircase without seeking permission from the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

This led to collapse of the building 'Yusuf Manzil' at Lamington Road, they added.

Meanwhile, an 85-year-old woman, who was seriously injured, had died. Five others who were rescued suffered minor injuries and were treated at the hospital.

Among those rescued was a month-old infant.

Her condition was reported to be normal.

"We have rescued four people so far from the building. Of the four people, we have rescued a month-old infant and an 80-year-old woman," said Pratap Damodar Kargupikar, Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai.

Milind Deora, who is the elected lawmaker from Central Mumbai, visited the spot and said that the actual cause could be ascertained only after the investigations.

"Some people say a shopkeeper began some illegal construction after pulling down the shutter of his shop. The authorities will enlighten you with the actual cause after the investigations," he added. (ANI)

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