Tinsukia: The body of a 25-year-old man was found in the space for the lift of the basement of an under-construction building in Rangghar Plaza on HS Road in Assam’s Dibrugarh town on Saturday, prompting the district administration to seal the building inaugurated with the Pantaloons store on Friday.
The deceased has been identified as Latu Dihingia, a resident of Barbaruah on the outskirts of the town. According to sources, 11 employees and three security staff employed at the Pantaloons store have been detained and taken to the police station for questioning.
Speaking with EastMojo, Dibrugarh SP Gautam Bora said that the police have begun their investigation. “We have detained several persons for questioning. So far, we are yet to receive an FIR. However, in the absence of a complaint, we shall take a suo motu case and the body has been sent for post-mortem,” added Bora.
Dibrugarh DC Pallav Gopal Jha said, “The administration has ordered an inquiry to find out the cause of the death. Besides, I have asked the additional deputy commissioner to find out whether all necessary permissions were obtained from all concerned agencies.”
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner Ranjit Konwar, who visited the building, told EastMojo: “The building, whose owner was untraceable, was under construction. I have asked the chairperson of Dibrugarh municipal board to share details of the owner, permissions that were accorded.”
Responding to a question, Konwar said that normally a builder or owner requires a completion certificate and an NOC before he gives possession or allows occupancy. “However, there may be changes in bylaws at the local civic body level. I shall be looking into the laws and submit a detailed report.”
EastMojo had questioned whether a completion certificate was issued by the district administration or the concerned agency. “We spoke to the employees to find out who the owner is, but few are saying I have joined today while others are saying they have no idea who the owner is,” Konwar said.
According to sources, as per law, a builder or owner cannot provide possession in an under-construction building. “The rule has been framed for the safety of occupants, hence, a completion certificate is must,” the source added.
Another source added, several persons had gathered outside the plaza demanding proper investigation and punishment to the culprits.