FIR against officials in flyover collapse; govt-run corporation faced flak earlier too

The police have registered an FIR over yesterday's flyover collapse against officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Ltd, a government-run entity that has faced criticism also in the past over the standard of its work.

The corporation received flak earlier after some bridges built by it developed cracks.

There has also been controversy over managing director Rajan Mittal, who was removed from the post by the previous Samajwadi party government but reinstated after the BJP came to power in the state.

The FIR was lodged at a police station here a day after a portion of the flyover being built by the corporation fell on passing vehicles.

The state government said today that 15 people were killed. Officials yesterday had put the toll at 18.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, visited Varanasi late last night and met the injured.

Apart from the high-level probe announced by Adityanath yesterday, a magisterial inquiry has also begun. Additional District Magistrate Manoj Kumar Rai will submit his report within three days.

The FIR has been lodged against UP State Bridge Corporation officers, engineers and contractors for negligence. It also invokes the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.

It was registered on the complaint of Roadways police outpost in-charge Dhananand Tripathi.

Another FIR was registered against corporation officials in Februa...

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