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Police : Builders ignored warning that wall was tilting

The Pune Police told a court on Sunday that the developers of a housing society where a wall collapse killed 15 people amid torrential rain had previously ignored warnings by residents that the structure was tilting and could fall.

The 15-feet-high compound wall of the housing complex in Kondhwa area of Pune toppled over on Friday night and buried a cluster of adjoining tin-roofed shanties that housed migrant workers from Bihar and their families.

While seeking custody of two developers and partners in Alcon Landmarks on Sunday, the police told judicial magistrate (first class) SS Ramdin that they were aware the wall was tilting but took no action to repair it. The court remanded the two builders, Vipul Agarwal and Vivek Agarwal, in police custody till July 2.

In their remand application, the police said the wall, which was constructed in 2013, had weakened over the years. The residents of the society informed the builder and his partner in writing but they took no action, the police added.

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