Tamil Naidu Government orders SIT probe into Trust Heights building tragedy
July 6, 2014 - Hyderabad
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha said that the government has ordered Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the circumstances that led to the collapse of multi storeyed building ‘Trust Heights’ in Chennai. 61 persons were killed and 27 persons injured in the incident on June 28.
The Special Investigation Team will be led by City Joint Police Commissioner and will be assisted by Civil Engineer, architects. Jayalalitha said experts from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, Anna University, other universities and the Public Works Department (PWD) will be part of the probe team. The Commission will decide and fix up the responsibility in the incident. However, the time for it to is not fixed. It may be noted that the probe is in addition to the inquiry commission headed by former Justice R Reghupathy that was earlier announced by the Chief Minister.
The announcement came following the major opposition parties demanded a CBI probe into the incident. Meanwhile, DMK has announced that a process will be taken up on July 12 to Raj Bhavan seeking a CBI probe in the incident.
It may be recalled that a 11 story building, Trust Heights at Moulivakkam was collapsed on June 28 and the police arrested six persons including the Managing Director and senior engineers of Prime Sristi Housing Pvt. Ltd., who were directly involved in the construction of the building. Tamil Nadu Chief Minster Jayalalitha has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakhs to each of the families of the victims while the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu announced ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakhs and Rs.50,000 to those injured.