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Mansi building partner, four more builders arrested Wednesday, March 7, 2001
Five more builders involved in three building collapse cases including Nirav Shah, the partner of Rakesh Shah whose three buildings in Maninagar area collapsed, were arrested by city police on Monday.
Besides Nirav Shah, two builders of Haveli Apartment in Vatva area were arrested by Vatva police while the builder of Sreesadan Apartment in Maninagar was also arrested by Maninagar police.
Builder of Nayan Apartments in Navrangpura, Himanshu Mehta was arrested late on Monday night.
Builders of Haveli Apartment, which collapsed following the January 26 earthquake killing 14 people, Chirag Shah of Krishnakunj Society in Ishanpur and Bharat Patel, also from Ishanpur, were picked up by senior inspector N B Parmar from the residence of one of their common friends in Vatva area.
A complaint was filed against the builders, architect, engineer and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation officials for the collapse of the building by a resident of the same building Bhupendra Patel with the Vatva police on Februray 5. With the arrest of these two, accused builders named in all the three cases registered with the Vatva police have been arrested.
Ramanlal Panchal, builder of Sreesadan Apartment in Maninagar was arrested from his residence at Mangalmurti Society in Ghodasar by local police acting on a tip-off that Panchal came to visit his family members after a month since a case was registered against him.
Three residents of the high-rise were killed following collapse of the building. The builder was arrested after a manhunt for more than a month since a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, cheating and forgery was registered by the Maninagar police following a complaint lodged by Harikrishna Kutchhi.
Nirav Shah, partner of builder Rakesh Shah against whom an order of PASA detention has been pending was also arrested by Maninagar police. Nirav is accused in collapse cases of Utsav Apartment, Jalasmriti Apt and Pujal Apt, all in Maninagar area. "We are trying hard to track down Rakesh Shah and with the arrest of Nirav, our job will be easier," Deputy Commisioner (Zone-VI), B S Jebaliya said.