Mumbai, July 25: Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap was booked for culpable homicide in connection with the collapse of the four-storey residential building in Ghatkopar. The Mumbai Police has detained Sunil Shitap for questioning. The resident of the building have alleged that the mishap took place because of the renovation work being carried out at the first floor, which is owned by Sunil Shitap. Sunil Shitap is Shiv Sena officer bearer. His wife contested BMC election on Shiv Sena’s ticket. Also Read - Mumbai Sees Panic Buying Ahead of Maharashtra CM's Announcement Amid Lockdown Speculations

“Prima facie, it is revealed that the accused was carrying out illegal renovation in the building,” said Deven Bharti, Joint CP Law and Order on detention of Sunil Shitap. “There was a renovation work being carried out in the building. There was a nursing home, named Sitap Nursing Home, at the ground floor of the building which is owned by a man Sunil Sitap, who is a local Shiv Sena leader . A meeting of residents was also called last night opposing this renovation work,” a resident was quoted as saying by ANI. However, the BMC officials are yet to ascertain the reason behind the collapse. Also Read - Maharashtra Set To Issue New Guidelines To 'Break COVID-19 Chain' Today, Confirms State Minister

Congress leader Praveen Chheda, the ex MLA from this constituency, also said that the onus of compensating for the mishap lies on Sitap. “Property belongs to Sena’s S. Sitap. He was running a hospital on the ground floor and was now going to run a guest house. The onus lies on him,” Chheda said. Also Read - IPL 2021, KKR vs MI Match 5 at MA Chidambaram Stadium: Weather Forecast, Pitch Report, Predicted Playing XIs, Head to Head, Toss Timing, Squads For Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the Ghatkopar building collapse site. Fadnavis said the BMC commissioner will investigate and submit the report in 15 days. Maharashtra Housing Minister Prakash Mehta ha also announced an investigation into the matter and assured to take action.

Death Toll Rise:

Twelve people were killed and eleven others injured in the Ghatkopar building collapse. “Until 9 pm, 23 people were extricated from the rubble, out of whom 12 were declared dead while 11 injured have been admitted in various hospitals,” said Mahesh Narvekar, the chief of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Management cell. A four-storey residential building ‘Saidarshan’, located at L.B.S. Marg, near Shreyas cinema, Damodar Park, Ghatkopar, collapsed on Tuesday, following which a rescue operation is underway.

Rescue Operation:

Search operations are still on to extricate the people feared trapped under the concrete rubble. Fourteen fire engines, rescue vans and ambulances besides teams of the state disaster management force were at the site to carry out rescue operation.