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Concrete evidence leaves for lab Saturday, March 3, 2001
AHMEDABAD: At least 35 tonnes of concrete which will serve as evidence to nail errant builders, was shipped under heavy security to the National Council of Cement and Building Material on Friday afternoon.
Police officials are treating it like a top secret data and have refused to disclose its exact destination, fearing sabotage. At least thirty armed and unarmed guards along with two escort vehicles accompanied the four truckloads of concrete, mortar and iron.
The entire consignment was sealed and videographed at the police headquarters and then loaded on to trucks. There were at least 300 samples, top sources told TOI wherein some of the samples weighed up to 250 kg.
"The NCCBM has agreed to treat those cases where there were more deaths on top priority basis, and is likely to send in reports by mid-April," an official disclosed. The police believe that by then, the builders would have been arrested.
This being the first investigation of its kind on such a massive scale, Kutch and Surat are learnt to have also sought information from Ahmedabad police on methods of going about with such investigations, sources said.
The Surat police are learnt to have sent samples of construction material to the laboratory of the Gujarat Engineering Research Institute (GERI) for investigation.
The state government is expected to spend over Rs 1 crore on investigations alone, say sources.