Crystal Tower fire: Police take custody of builder, await fire brigade report on cause of blaze
MUMBAI, Aug 24, 2018
MUMBAI: Developer Abdul Razak Ismail Supariwala (52), who was arrested following the fatal fire at Crystal Tower in Parel, was produced before the Bhoiwada metropolitan magistrate's court on Thursday and remanded in police custody till August 27.
On Wednesday morning, a major fire broke out on the 12th floor of the posh 17-storey residential building, which claimed four lives and injured 21 people. Nearly three dozen people were rescued from the highrise. "Preliminary investigations suggest the fire was due to a short-circuit, but fire officials are carrying out a probe and will soon submit the actual cause of the blaze. Our course of action depends on the fire department's report," said a senior officer from Bhoiwada police station.
The police said that besides invoking Indian Penal Code section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against Supariwala, they have also booked him under IPC sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) as well as the Maharashatra Fire Prevention Life Safety Act, 2006.
Supariwala's family members refused to speak to the media.
Investigating officer Sushilkumar Gaikwad refused to eloborate, stating that it was 'too early to comment'. "We have just taken his custody, we need to interrogate him and collect documents pertaining to the building."
A police officer said that the five-year-old building did not have the occupation certificate from the municipal corporation and its firefighting system was not working, yet it was fully occupied by around 58 flat owners.