Cops yet to get reports on Carlton mishap

Police looking for 4 more persons who had properties in the building


Though each specialised agency is working on various aspects, the net reports are yet to take shape and unless the copies of the consolidated papers reach the locality police, the pace of the investigation is bound to slow down.

The JB Nagar police are looking out for four more persons connected to the ownership of few floors in the Carlton Towers building.

The police have arrested six office-bearers of the Carlton Towers’ Owners Association. Three of them including the prime suspect, Anurag Jain, have obtained the bail.

Though he has been directed to appear before the investigation team, he is yet to turn up, said the police. “There are another three to four key persons who need to be booked. The police have learnt that all of them have applied for anticipatory bails. One of them is stated to be an industrialist named Ladhani from Jaipur. The police are trying to locate his whereabouts, but have not succeeded. The other suspects will be arrested soon,” Ulsoor sub-division ACP B Manjunath said.

“Three complaints of missing of valuables have been received from the office premises. The police are still awaiting some reports from the BBMP. The police are likely to seek more information once they go through contents of the report. Hence, it may take some time for them to submit the final report,” said he added.

The technical committee, constituted by Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services is likely to submit its final report some time next week.

The committee headed by IG and Additional DG P S Sandhu, which comprises V G Chengappa, fire force director, B K Hampagol, deputy director fire (Tech), Iyengar, director of disaster management branch, Jain University and Venkati Chalapati, a representative of UL laboratories.

The committee members have felt utter negligence in taking fire safety measures, said sources in the fire service department.

Abandoned look

The seven storey building wears an abandoned look. All the seven floors are still covered with black dust. Furniture and other goods are still scattered especially in fifth, sixth and seventh floors. Broken pieces of window panes still cover the entire area leading towards main door inside.

Police in charge of the security said: “Around 80 per cent of the employees, who were working in different floors, have already visited to collect their belongings. The visitors are allowed inside between 9 am and 6 pm. Around 20 persons visit the building everyday. Most of them have shifted goods like office files. Many offices have been shifted to different locations in the City. One policeman accompanies the visitors till they collect their belongings and come down.”

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