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Nine held over fatal collapse of building in India

POLICE in India have arrested nine people, including builders, police officers and municipality officials, for allegedly colluding to illegally construct a residential building that collapsed, killing 74 people.

Police commissioner KP Raghuvanshi said two builders were arrested for allegedly paying bribes to police and municipality officials to construct the eight-storey building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane without any official sanction.

It came crashing down on Thursday in the country's worst housing collapse in recent decades. Mr Raghuvanshi said yesterday that police will charge the nine with culpable homicide and causing death by negligence at the end of a probe into the accident. If convicted, they can be given up to life in prison.

Irish Independent