The contractors who carried out repairs of the ill-fated suspension bridge at Morbi in Gujarat weren’t certified to hold out such jobs, the prosecution advised a court docket on Tuesday.
The collapse of the bridge on Sunday night claimed 135 lives.
Whereas the flooring of the bridge was changed, its cable was not changed and it couldn’t take the burden of the modified flooring, mentioned the prosecution, citing a forensic report.
The Justice of the Peace’s court docket remanded 4 of the arrested accused — two managers of OREVA Group and two sub-contractors who had repaired the bridge — in police custody until Saturday.
Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace MJ Khan remanded 5 different arrested males, together with safety guards and ticket reserving clerks, in judicial custody as police didn’t search their custody, mentioned prosecutor HS Panchal.
Police had on Monday filed a case in opposition to 9 individuals beneath Indian Penal Code part 304 (culpable murder not amounting to homicide).
The 4 who had been remanded in police custody had been OREVA managers Dipak Parekh and Dinesh Dave, and repairing contractors Prakash Parmar and Devang Parmar, employed by the OREVA Group.
Citing Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report, Panchal advised the court docket that forensic specialists believed that the principle cable of the bridge snapped due to the burden of the brand new flooring.
“Although the FSL report was offered in a sealed cowl, it was talked about through the remand plea that cables of the bridge weren’t changed through the renovation and solely flooring was modified….. weight of the bridge elevated as a result of four-layered aluminium sheets for the flooring and the cable snapped as a result of that weight,” Panchal advised reporters.
The court docket was additionally knowledgeable that each the repairing contractors had been “not certified” to hold out such a piece.
“Regardless of that, these contractors got restore work of the bridge in 2007 after which in 2022. So the accused’s custody was wanted to seek out out what was responsible for selecting them and at whose occasion they had been chosen,” the prosecutor mentioned.
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