Condo lift death: 4 AOA members among 8 named in chargesheet

  • | Saturday | 28th October, 2023

NOIDA: Police in the city have submitted a 45-page chargesheet in connection with the death of a 73-year-old woman after the lift she had boarded in her society in Sector 137 had a free fall from the eighth floor to the basement this August.Eight persons have been named in the chargesheet. They include Ajay Singh Shekhawat and Santosh Kumar Baral, directors of AN Secure — the private firm responsible for the upkeep of lifts in the society — and facility manager Monik Sharma; AOA president Ramesh Gautam, vice-president Anang Pal Chauhan, general secretary Sukhpal Singh Rana and treasurer Nitu Salar.The cops have also named the lift manufacturer, ThyssenKrupp Elevator (India) Private Limited.On August 3, Sushila Devi had boarded the lift from the eighth floor of Paras Tierea society to go to the second storey and check the construction work of her sons flat.The lift plummeted to the basement, but a spring buffer activated the other cable and took the elevator to the 25th floor. Since cameras in both the lift and the lobby were defunct, no one realised that the elevator had a free fall. Residents of the tower used the second lift when the door of the other didnt open.She was finally spotted by the liftman after 45 minutes. By the time the elderly woman was brought out, two hours had passed. Doctors at a nearby hospital declared her dead on arrival.Sushilas son, Devesh Kumar, lodged a complaint at Sector 142 police station, accusing the AOA and the maintenance firm of negligence. An FIR was registered under sections 304A (death due to negligence) and 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery). On August 8, AOA president Gautam was arrested, but was granted bail the same day.In the chargesheet, police said they had conducted a technical inspection and found negligence on the part of the authorities responsible for maintenance.Vineet Rana, the SHO of Sector 142 police station, said they had listed 25 witnesses in the chargesheet. We have sufficient evidence against the suspects. We have a report from the technical team as well. We have added that to the chargesheet and submitted it in the district court, he added.Kumar told TOI his mother would have been alive had it not been for the negligence of the maintenance team. I want the strictest possible punishment for them. The matter is in court now, and the hearing will take place on November 16. All I want is justice for my mother. Despite her age, she was quite healthy, he said.Gautam, the AOA president, said he would cooperate with the investigation. We are law abiding citizens and will respond to the chargesheet through our lawyer. The AOA was not responsible for the accident. It is the maintenance company that looks after the functioning of lifts.Calls and messages to ThyssenKrupp and the upkeep firm did not elicit any response. A spokesperson for ThyssenKrupp had earlier said, We cant comment on the matter since legal proceedings are on.

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