SINCE 1928 MESSI'S MASTERCLASS, PAVES WAY FOR BARCA FOR RESOUNDING WIN Pg 23 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 A TEMPORARY SLOWDOWN? `2 WEATHER 330C. 200C. Sunrise: 06:51 am Sunset: 06:44 pm DON’T MIND INTRUSION INTO PRIVACY: ARJUN KAPOOR Pg 18 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 62 No. 272 | FRIDAY | MARCH 15, 2019 | 24 Pages EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Practice loving-kindness and non-injury. Your actions must be soft. Be externally gentle and loving, but internally strong. Yawning gap in city infra claims 6 lives SNIPETS CM’S STATEMENT Devendra Fadnavis tweeted: Pained to hear about the FOB incident near TOi building in Mumbai. Spoke to BMC Commissioner and Mumbai Police officials and instructed them to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with the Rail Ministry officials. EYE-WITNESSES A taxi driver, Mohammad Akhtar Ansari (39) travelling from Churchgate to Mahim was saved by a whisker after a part of the debris fell on his taxi. However, both driver and the traveller are safe. Another eyewitness, Puran Ram, 30, was working in a snack corner near the foot-over-bridge. According to him, the incident took place around 7.30 pm and 4 to 5 of them just scraped through. THE DECEASED Apoorva Prabhu Ranjana Tambe Zahid Shiraj Khan Bhakti Shinde Tapendra Singh Mohan Kaygunde F/35 F/40 M/32 F/40 M/35 M/55 UNACCEPTABLE “This is absolutely unacceptable. An FIR should be filed under IPC Section 302 against BMC officers responsible for this negligence,” said Milind Deora, Congress leader. PROFILE OF DEAD RANJANA TAMBe was a nurse at GT hospital. ZAiD ShiRAJ KhAN, 32, owned a male accessories shop in Ghatkopar. he was returning home after collecting goods for his shop and was on the bridge, when it collapsed. Khan was declared dead on arrival at St George hospital. INJURED TRIO Among the 23 injured are Mohan Mitta, Abhijeet Manna and Rajesh Das. They are labourers who work in a nearby area. Rajesh was about to travel to Kolkata after learning his son was admitted in a hospital there. Mitta and Manna were going to drop him at CTS station when the bridge collapsed. POLICE STATEMENT Mumbai police will register a case of death due to negligence under Section 304 A of the iPC for those responsible for maintenance of this bridge. A case might be registered at either at MRA or Azad Maidan police station. One segment of the bridge is under Azad Maidan police station while the side is under the jurisdiction of MRA Marg police. A case will be registered after rescue operations are over. TAILPIECE WON’T BE SPARED Today’s tragedy is extremely disturbing. Although there shan’t be any blame game, reasons will be found & responsibility will be fixed. Recently, there was an audit. That audit shall be revisited to examine what wasn’t mentioned or followed. The guilty shan’t be spared if faults are found in the construction/ maintenance or repairs, or the audit itself," Thackeray tweets. EDIT Pg 8 Mumbai CSMT foot overbridge collapses: Thirty-three injured; audit was carried out recently, said minor repairs are required; tender for these repairs was to be floated; yet bridge was not closed FPJ CITY TEAM Mumbai Two concrete slabs of the 35year-old foot over-bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station caved in on Thursday evening killing at least six people, including three women. Thirty-three other people were injured, two of whom are believed to be critical. Most of them sustained head injuries while they were walking under the bridge and the chunks of concrete fell on them in a heap. The collapse took place at one of the busiest junctions in Mumbai during peak hour, when commuters were swarming the bridge in a scramble to reach home. The FOB connects the railway station to the Azad Maidan police station and the Times of India building. The two women who died were both staffers of the nearby GT Hospital, where some of the injured were taken. The accident has happened almost two years after 23 people were crushed to A BRIDGE OF HUMAN FOLLY FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai In yet another shocking incident of foot over bridge collapse, the spotlight has again turned on the issue of structural audits in Mumbai city . The Kasaab Bridge -- as it was notoriously called -- was constructed in 1984. BLAME GAME: Regretfully the , blame game over the collapse ensued between the Railways and the BMC even before the victims were identified. MINOR REPAIRS: The BMC claims, as they had done during the July 2018 Andheri bridge collapse, that they were given the task of maintenance. Shockingly the , BMC had completed floor repairs on the bridge two years ago. “This was not a dangerous or threatened bridge. It was listed in the category of structures requiring minor repairs. In fact, a tender for undertaking the minor repairs was to be passed soon; the work would have begun thereafter,” said an official. Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said, “It was a railway bridge and the audit was done. We had even got a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the railways for the repair work.” Meanwhile, the cover up has begun with Education Minister Vinod Tawde asserting that no single authority can be blamed for the mishap. CONTD. ON P7 BRIDGE OF UNACCOUNTABILITY LOCATION: The ill-fated overbridge, built in 1984, connected CSMT platform 1 at the north end of the railway station with B T Lane near the Times of India building. UNDER REPAIR, BUT IN USE: The foot overbridge was under repair but still in use. PEAK HOUR: The collapse took place at 7.30 pm -- the rush hour when footfall is at its peak. WHO WAS IN CONTROL: Railway Ministry says overbridge was under control of the BMC, but Sena lawmaker Anil Desai denies the claim. h ours after the bridge collapse, Azad Maidan police booked the concerned officials of the Central Railway and the BMC under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the indian Penal Code. At the time of going to press, the police had not revealed the names of the accused officials. Manjunath Singe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), merely said, “The process of registering an FiR is underway. Further updates will be given.” RTI applies to sensitive info in cases of corruption: SC FROM OUR BUREAU / New Delhi The Supreme Court has reserved its order on whether it would examine the documents on the Rafale deal that the government says were stolen from the ministry of defence. At the outset, Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, claimed privilege over documents pertaining to the fighter jet deal and told the Supreme Court that no one can produce them in the court without the permission of the department concerned. Venugopal took refuge in section 123 of the Evidence Act and provisions of the RTI Act to buttress his claim. He also contended that no one can publish documents which relate to national security as security of the State supersedes everything else. Advocate Prashant Bhu- FPJ NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Hearing on EVM petition today The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a petition moved by 21 Opposition parties, asking it to pass a directive that electronic voting machines be made tamperproof. The parties want mandatory verification of 50% votes by paper trail before announcement of results in the Lok Sabha polls. Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP boss Chandrababu Naidu is the lead petitioner in this case. CONTD. ON P7 Fast News MS NOT ‘DECISIVE’ shan, one of the petitioners seeking review of the Rafale verdict, opposed the submission and said that the documents, which AG says are privileged, have been published and are already in public domain. He further pointed out that RTI Act says public interest outweighs other considerations and no privilege can be claimed, except for documents which pertain to intelligence agencies. CONTD. ON P7 BJP nets Sonia crony Former Congress Secretary Tom Vadakkan, one of the national spokespersons of the party and once the national media coordinator, on Thursday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. In a jolt to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, her Trinamul Congress MLA Arjun Singh also joined the BJP He had fallen . out with Mamata for denial of Lok Sabha ticket which she gave to sitting MP Di- New Delhi:Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit has made a startling admission: she has said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not as strong as his successor, PM Narendra Modi, in tackling cross-border The claim, made in an terrorism. interview with CNN-News18, comes as a major embarrassment to the Congress party and would help the BJP in canvassing that only Modi can give india a strong and stable government. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? / PICTURES PAGE 24 death in a stampede at Prabhadevi station. According Minister Vinod Tawde, the CSMT FOB was not in a bad condition; it required minor repairs for which work was underway . Why it was not closed until the repair work was complete, remains a mystery . The fire brigade and a team of the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the site of the accident but before they could reach, locals had taken up the rescue work in their hands. CONTD. ON P7 OFFICIALS BOOKED nesh Trivedi. Once Vadakkan used to be close to former Congress president Sonia Gandhi but found himself isolated after Rahul Gandhi started calling the shots. CONTD. ON P7 DIKTAT TO SINGH BROS New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked former Ranbaxy promoters to Shivinder Singh Malvinder Singh and apprise it how they propose to comply with Rs the 3500 crore arbitral award passed against them by a Singapore tribunal. A bench headed by chief justice Ranjan Googi asked the Singh brothers, who were present in the court, to consult their financial and legal advisers and give a concrete plan on how they will comply with the tribunal's order. Master Choa Kok Sui WHY WAS IT NOT CLOSED: Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said the bridge was not in a bad condition; it required minor repairs for which work was underway. Why it was not closed until the work was completed that will be probed. SAFETY AUDIT: The FOB at CSMT was covered under a safety audit which was ordered when another foot overbridge collapsed in Andheri last June. The audit had encompassed 445 bridges of the city. LAST TIME, IT WAS DESIGN FLAW: When the 40-yearold bridge at Andheri station had collapsed after heavy rains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had said the bridge had a "design flaw". NCP LIST OUT, PARTH YET TO BE NAMED FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai The NCP on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections; as expected, sitting MP Supriya Sule is in the list and will contest from family bastion Baramati. However, the list, released by state party President Jayant Patil, did not name the candidate from Maval; this is a contentious seat from where Parth Ajit Pawar, the grand-nephew of NCP President Sharad Pawar, is expected to contest after the latter opted out of the poll race. Also, the candidature for Madha seat remains undecided. The constituency is witnessing a sharp family tussle between the sitting MP Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil and his son Ranjitsinh, with the latter virtually threatening to walk over to the BJP , if denied a ticket. The NCP has accommodated Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana on one seat. The 12 candidates are from Maharashtra and from Lakshadweep Islands. CONTD. ON P7 CHINA DEFENDS STAND BeiJiNG: China on Thursday defended its fourth "technical hold" on the designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying the move would give it time for a "thorough and in-depth assessment" of the case and help the parties concerned to engage in more talks to find a "lasting solution" acceptable to all. india had expressed disappointment soon after China put a technical hold on designating Azhar. Red signal saved many motorists STAFF REPORTER Mumbai A red signal at a traffic junction near the CSMT foot overbridge (FOB), a major chunk of which caved in here on Thursday evening, proved lucky for a large number of motorists who were waiting for it to turn green. Were it not for the red signal, the motorists would have passed under the ill-fated bridge near the railway station, a global heritage site, when a part of it came crashing down at 7.30 pm. An eyewitness, who was waiting at the signal, said, "We were all waiting impatiently at the signal as it was red. Just before the signal turned green, the bridge came crashing down along with several commuters. They fell like ninepins. But the situation would have been worse. "It was peak time, when commuters are in a scramble to reach CSMT so that they can rush home. We were also in a tearing hurry but now I , feel relieved that the signal was red. Otherwise, I could have been among the injured," he added.