Delhi building collapse: Owner arrested

The owner of an east Delhi building which collapsed killing over 60 has been arrested.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 23:32 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The owner
of an east Delhi building which collapsed killing over 60
people was arrested on Tuesday evening and a case registered against him.

55-year-old Amritpal Singh was arrested from his relative`s house in the Geeta Colony area of the Capital around 7 pm, Additional Deputy Commissioner of
Police (east) I B Rani told reporters. He was on the run since the incident occurred last evening.
A senior police official said the accused`s relative
has also been picked up for questioning. He said his mobile phone was being tracked.

Police have registered a case
of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against him at the Shakarpur police station.

A senior police official said the case has been
registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code.

Singh fled along with his family soon after the
four-storey building which had been rented out to migrant
labourers collapsed at Lalita Park in east Delhi`s Lakshmi
Nagar.

Singh is a history sheeter with his name being included in Delhi police`s `bad characters` list. He has a criminal record which goes back 31 years and has been arrested 20 times earlier.
Various cases are registered against him for a range offences including those of violation of excise act,
violation of essential commodities and receiving stolen
properties throughout Delhi including at Kalyanpuri, Daryaganj, Gandhi Nagar etc.

He has been in the construction business with his two brothers.br

Police will probe the nexus between contractors, MCD officials and police which led to the illegal construction.

The 15-year-old building, where an illegal fifth floor
was being constructed, came crashing down around 8.15 PM
yesterday.

-PTI inputs