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Mumbai Hoarding Collapse: Rescue Op Over After 3 Days, Death Toll Mounts To 16; Bhavesh Bhinde Still On The Run


BMC commissioner Bhushan Gagrani on Thursday announced the rescue operation was now over
(PTI file)

BMC commissioner Bhushan Gagrani on Thursday announced the rescue operation was now over
(PTI file)

Mumbai Police’s crime branch has formed more than 10 teams have been formed to find Bhavesh Bhinde, the owner of the collapsed billboard in Ghatkopar area

The resuce operation at the site of Ghatkopar hoarding collapse in Mumbai has been completed after three days of the horrific incident in which 16 people lost their lives.

BMC commissioner Bhushan Gagrani on Thursday morning announced that the rescue operation was now over. Earlier today, rescue personnel retrieved the bodies of a retired general manager of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and his wife. The bodies of the couple were extricated from a car stuck underneath the hoarding.

A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said that the bodies, which were in a “decomposed state”, were taken to the nearby civic-run Rajawadi Hospital around 1 am.

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10 Teams Looking For Bhavesh Bhinde

Mumbai Police’s crime branch has formed more than 10 teams have been formed to find Bhavesh Bhinde, the owner of the collapsed billboard in Ghatkopar area.

The police personnel believe that he have fled from Lonavala towards Pune.  Some teams have been sent to Gujarat as well and other teams have been stationed around airport.

As per the civic body, Bhinde’s agency did not have a permit from the BMC to put up the hoarding. The hoarding measured about 1,338 square metres (14,400 square feet), it said, bigger than an Olympic pool’s 1,250 sq m and nine times more than the maximum permitted size for a hoarding.

The agency’s owner, Bhavesh Bhinde, and others were also booked under sections 304 (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 337 (causing hurt to another person by acting rashly or negligently) of the Indian Penal Code. The case has been registered at Pantnagar police station and the investigation is underway.

Mumbai Hoarding Collapse: Who Is Bhavesh Bhinde?

Bhavesh Bhinde, director of Ego Media Pvt Ltd that owned the massive 120×120 illegal hoarding, was booked under Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the IPC at Mulund police station earlier this year, but was granted anticipatory bail. His legal team said the case against him was false.

Bhinde is a rape accused and has been penalised at least 21 times in the past for putting up illegal hoardings. According to the police, a case has been registered against 51-year-old Bhinde and others for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other relevant sections of the IPC at Pant Nagar police station.

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