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Indian police arrest govt worker over building collapse

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:51 PM
 
Rescue workers wait to start the day's operation to look for survivors at the site of a collapsed building that was under construction in Canacona town in the western Indian city of Goa on Jan 6, 2014. Indian police said on Tuesday they had arrested a government officer over the collapse of a partly-constructed building in the state of Goa at the weekend which killed 17 people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PANAJI, India (AFP) - Indian police said on Tuesday they had arrested a government officer over the collapse of a partly-constructed building in the state of Goa at the weekend which killed 17 people.

Deputy town planner Prakash Bandodkar, who was responsible for handing out building licences, was arrested late Monday in the south-western tourism state, police superintendent Shekhar Prabhudesai said.

The building came crashing down on Saturday afternoon while more than 40 poorly-paid daily-wage labourers were on the site - the latest in a string of deadly building collapses in India.

Police have registered a case against another government officer and the directors of the construction firm that owned the building, who have all absconded.

 
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