Bengaluru: The death toll in the Dharwad building collapse has risen to 15. At least 6 people are still being trapped under the debris. The rescue operation has been continuing for more than 72 hours now. Locals from Thyagaraja Nagar continue to stay near the site of building awaiting the rescue of people from their area who are still trapped under the debris.

At least four people, including a couple, were rescued on Friday. 61 have been rescued so far. The first to be rescued on Friday was a 24-year-old man named Sangamesh Ramanagouda. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams found Sangamesh shouting for help from under the debris. He was working in the office of a former JD(S) corporator in the collapsed building.

The next rescued was a couple– Dileep Kokre and his wife Sangeetha. The couple was working on the ground floor of the building when the incident took place. Both the NDRF and SDRF teams had to drill into debris and break rods to pull them out. The couple was rushed to the District Civil Hospital for treatment.

The last to be rescued was a 45-year-old woman, Honnamma, after the teams found her shouting for help. was rushed to the hospital. Two dead bodies were also recovered which were identified later.

Four building owners were arrested on Friday. An FIR was registered against the building owners- Ravi Basavaraj Sabarad, Basavaraj D Nigadi, Gangappa S Shintri, Mahabaleshwar Puradagudi and engineer Vivek Pawar. All four of them surrendered before the police and the engineer was taken into police custody.

An under-construction building had collapsed on March 19 in Dharwad’s Kumareshwar Nagar. The building is owned by Basavraj Nigadi, Gangadhar Shintre and Ravi Sobrad. Reportedly, the construction had been on for the last two years. The first two floors had around 60 shops which were operational. According to reports, at least 150 people were in the shops when the structure crashed.