House collapse deaths: one held

House collapse deaths: one held

S Murari

The Mettupalayam police on Tuesday arrested the owner of a plot whose compound wall collapsed on a Dalit settlement causing 17 deaths.

Sivasubramaniam (56) who runs a textile unit, was arrested under IPC section 304(11) causing death by negligence. He was produced before a magistrate in Madukarai in Coimbatore district who remanded him to judicial custody till Dec 17.

Sivasubramaniam who bought the plot of land recently raised a 15 ft tall compound wall abutting a Dalit settlement. The wall collapsed in heavy rains on three houses killing 17, including 12 women and children. The Coimbatore district collector has already ordered the demolition of the wall.