Morbi court rejects bail of 8 accused in bridge tragedy

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 24-11-2022 | 06:00 am

Morbi court rejects bail of 8 accused in bridge tragedy

A local court in Rajkot on Wednesday rejected the regular bail application of eight accused arrested in the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy. The incident which took place on October 30, 2022 led to the death of 135 innocent persons and left several injured. The bridge collapsed four days after it was opened for public post renovation, in the festive season.Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission submitted a 10-page affidavit in Gujarat High Court. It is believed that the commission has severely criticised the administration for lapses in the maintenance of the bridge and the number of tickets sold with regard to the capacity of the bridge.According to sources, the administration is also under the lens as to why the owner of Oreva Group Jayesh Patel, who was responsible for maintenance of the century-old bridge has not been detained or questioned by the police.Nine people were arrested for the bridge collapse. These include Deepak Parekh (44) and Dinesh Dave (41), two managers of Oreva. Apart from this, a father-son duo from Dhrangadhra who were engaged in repairing the bridge have been arrested. The other five people arrested include 3 security guards and 2 ticket clerks who were present on site when incident took place.The Morbi court rejected the bail pleas of 8 out of 9 people. The bail plea of Devang Parmar, son of Prakash Parmar, both of who are promoters of Dhrangadhra-based contracting company, has been postponed for tomorrow.Government lawyer Sanjay Dave said that this means all the arrested individuals will have to stay in jail for now. The accused can now again apply for bail in a higher court. In the meantime, the police are carrying on with their investigation of the bridge collapse tragedy.

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