On Sunday evening, a colonial-era cable bridge collapsed in Morbi town, Gujarat, killing 141 people and injuring more than 100. The Gujarat Police file a First Information Report on the bridge collapse under sections 304 and 308 of the IPC (culpable homicide without killing).
Gujarat Morbi Bridge Collapse Top Updates:
- Almost 7 months had passed since the Machchhu bridge was closed for repairs. Without a certificate of fitness, it was reopened to the public on October 26, the Gujarati New Year.
- The renovation happened last week. We are also shocked. We are investigating the matter… The government takes responsibility for this tragedy,” Brijesh Merja, Gujarat’s labour and employment minister, told.
- Approximately 500 people, including women and children, were on the suspension bridge when the cables supporting it snapped, sending people tumbling into the river below. According to officials, the bridge could only support 125 people.
- After the bridge snapped, people fell on top of each other. Some people were seen swimming to safety while others desperately clung to the remains of the bridge.
- A safety certificate was not taken by the renovator before opening the century-old bridge.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat, said rescue and relief operations have been underway since yesterday, and the center is offering all help to the state.
- Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi announced there had been a criminal case filed and the collapse of the bridge was being investigated by a high-powered committee.A case has been filed against whoever is found responsible for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and intentional act causing death.