GHAZIABAD: UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed officials to impose the National Security Act (NSA) against the contractor who built the Ghaziabad crematorium shelter that collapsed on Sunday and claimed 24 lives and also the junior engineer of Muradnagar municipality who failed to carry out an inspection of the project.
The loss caused to the public exchequer due to the collapse will be recovered from the contractor and the civic officials who had awarded the work contract. The contractor, Ajay Tyagi, would also be blacklisted.
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The junior engineer of the civic body, Chandra Pal, senior executive officer Niharika Chauhan and supervisor Ashish have already been arrested. Tyagi was picked up from Muzaffarnagar late on Monday night. All four have been booked under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant), among other charges.
Sources said a notice had also been issued to the Ghaziabad district magistrate, asking why no action was taken by him after Adityanath had in September issued specific instructions that all projects that are worth over Rs 50 lakh be reviewed. Ajay Shankar Pandey, the district magistrate, told TOI he had no knowledge of any such notice.
The district magistrate constituted a three-member panel of technical experts on Tuesday to probe the quality of materials used to build the crematorium shelter and other reasons that might have led to the collapse. “The panel will will have to submit a report in 48 hours,” said Pandey.