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Collapsed Building Owner Arrested, Booked Under Section 304

New Delhi, Nov 16: The owner of the building in a east Delhi locality which collapsed killing 66 people was tonight arrested and booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. 55-year-old Amritpal Singh, who

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Updated on: November 16, 2010 22:40 IST
collapsed building owner arrested booked under section 304
collapsed building owner arrested booked under section 304

New Delhi, Nov 16: The owner of the building in a east Delhi locality which collapsed killing 66 people was tonight arrested and booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

55-year-old Amritpal Singh, who was on the run since last night after the four-storeyed building came crashing down, was arrested from his relative's house in Geeta Colony in east Delhi around 7 pm, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) I B Rani told reporters.

A senior police official said the accused's relative has also been picked up for questioning.

Besides the four-storeyed building, he is said to be owning several other buildings in the area.

Singh, who already has 30 cases registered against him including one of murder, has been booked under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC.

Police were searching for Singh since the past few days in connection with his previous cases.

The accused's brother Satnam is a history sheeter, police said, adding he was also declared as a man with "bad character" by them.

Some of the other cases registered against him earlier were for violation of Essential Commodities Act, Excise Act and receiving stolen articles, police said.

Singh fled along with his family soon after the building, which was rented out to migrant labourers, collapsed. PTI