21 Jul Three arrested for museum lift crash that killed dentist
The Byculla police have arrested three people in connection with the
The three arrested have been identified as Ravindra Menon, director,
The museum’s maintenance contract for the elevator with Expert Equipment had ended on March 31.
The arrests follow a report filed by the state government’s Inspector of Lifts holding both the museum and Expert Equipment responsible for the mishap.
Earlier, police investigations had revealed that Expert Equipment had recommended that the museum appoint a lift operator. The museum, however, did not act on the recommendation. The police investigation had also pointed out that since the elevator collapsed just a month after expiry of the maintenance contract, it pointed to poor maintenance.
Additional Commissioner of Police, central region, Sangankal Veeresh Prabhu, told Mumbai Mirror on Saturday that the arrests were made after seeking legal opinion on the Inspector of Lifts’ report. “A charge sheet has been filed under sections 304 A of (causing death by negligence), 337 of IPC (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC,” he said.
Mumbai Mirror was first to secure the CCTV footage from the museum’s hallway. It showed Dr Havewala and her daughter Hera stuck in the lift for close to two minutes and museum employees fumbling with the switches outside to get them out. Moments later, the door of the elevator collapsed to one side and the lift tilted. As more employees of the museum gathered around the lift, it plunged to the first floor.
Dr Havewala, 63, was a prominent south Mumbai dental surgeon. Both mother and daughter suffered injuries and were admitted to the
Vivek Menon, director, Experts Equipment, who is out on bail, did not respond to calls and text messages from Mumbai Mirror on Saturday.
Mehta said it was a rolling contract and the onus of getting it renewed was on Expert Equipment. “We have given all evidence to the police. When we installed the lift, Expert Equipment had given a guarantee about its safety. Since it was a purpose-built lift, the firm was responsible for all safety aspects. There was no lift related incident, so we had no provocation to replace the contractor or take any action against him,” Mehta said.