Varanasi Flyover Collapse: Officials Booked for Culpable Homicide After 18 Lose Life
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Varanasi, May 16: A day after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi, killing 18 people, officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. An FIR was registered at the Sigra police station on Wednesday and the complaint was made by sub-inspector Dhananand Tripathi, said a report in The Hindu.

The report does not name anyone in particular, but involves the names of supervisory officials and contractors and the staff that was engaged in making of the bridge, as accused in the FIR.

The FIR has been filed under the following sections: Sections 304 which amounts to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, 308- attempt to commit culpable homicide and 427 of the Indian Penal Code. Sections 3 and 4 of the Public Property Damage Prevention Act 1984 have also been invoked in the FIR.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had suspended four officials involved in the project. The post and names of the suspended officials are chief project manager HC Tiwari, project manager K.R Sudan, and assistant Engineer Rajesh Singh and engineer Lal Chand. The officials named were held “prima facie” responsible for the incident that claimed 18 lives.