Kolkata flyover collapse claims 18 lives, and a loophole in security

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  • At least 18 people lost their lives and more than 60 were left injured after an under construction bridge collapsed on a congested road intersection in Kolkata. The incident comes as a big embarrassment for Trinamool Congress (TMC) during a time when the state goes for polls in less than 2 weeks.



  • CCTV footage showed people, cars, autorickshaws and hawkers buried under the collapsed structure, while some trying to flee the spot were also trapped.

  • A high-level probe has been ordered by the government after opposition came out banging and accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of callousness.

  • However, Trinamool Congress has put the blame on previous Left government, under whom the construction of the bridge had started.

  • "It is nothing but God's act," claimed Panduranga Rao of the Hyderabad-based IVRCL Construction company engaged in the flyover's construction.

  • The police sealed the local office of the IVRCL and registered a case against the company under section 304,308 and 407 of the IPC.

  • Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the spot cutting short her election campaign, said, "Stringent action will be taken against officials of the construction company and others involved."