Kolkatta Fire : Caretaker arrested but owner still absconding

Kolkata : The caretaker of the 150-year- old heritage building on upscale Park Street and his assistant were arrested today on negligence and other charges as the toll in the fire that swept through it climbed to 24 with the recovery of eight more bodies.

An FIR was lodged by the fire brigade against caretaker Tarun Bagadia along with his assistant Ramshankar Singh, Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said.

The promoter of the seven-storey Stephen Court building is absconding, police said.

Chakraborty said the fifth and sixth floors of the building where the fire broke out yesterday afternoon were constructed illegally. “These were later regularised,” he said.

According to records with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, there is one official trustee of the building along with 45 apportioned share holders. KMC has declared Stephen Court as a Grade-II heritage building for its architectural value.

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