National Disaster Response Force is all set to enter the collapsed building to continue the rescue operation, with four more still believed to be trapped under the rubble.

 

The building contractor, Srinivasulu Reddy, and one of the owners, Lalith Kumar, have been arrested by the HSR Layout police on Thursday.

 

On the basis of prima face evidence, it has been found that the building was being constructed with substandard materials.

 

Speaking to media yesterday, Padmavathi, BBMP Mayor and Muniveerappa, BBMP Joint Commissioner of Mahadevapura Zone had stated that strict action would be taken against the guilty.

 

Now the search is on for other five alleged owners of the building, who are still at large. A complaint has also been filed against RK Associates, who designed the building.

 

With the death toll increasing and four more labourers suspected to be trapped in the debris, it seems like the owners will face serious action.

 

BBMP officers said that the building owner had been sent notice in May to stop work due to substandard work. But the construction work was not stopped.

 

Taking this seriously, the BBMP has suspended two engineers in the department for negligence.

 

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