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Kolkata bridge collapse: Toll reaches 27 after rescue workers pull out 3 more bodies

The company that constructed the bridge that collapsed in Kolkata has said that the tragedy was merely an accident.

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Updated:April 2, 2016, 2:01 PM IST
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Kolkata bridge collapse: Toll reaches 27 after rescue workers pull out 3 more bodies
The company that constructed the bridge that collapsed in Kolkata has said that the tragedy was merely an accident.
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Kolkata: The death toll of the Kolkata bridge collapse on Thursday reached 27 after 3 more bodies were pulled out of the debris by the rescue workers.

The company that constructed the bridge that collapsed in Kolkata has said that the tragedy was merely an accident. Expressing regret over the accident, the company, IVRCL, defended itself saying they alone should not be blamed for the delay in the bridge construction.

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Friday, IVRCL legal department head Sita assured that the company would cooperate with the investigations into the bridge collapse, adding that a sabotage angle could not be ruled out.

"The construction work could be carried out only for six hours a day as the area is very congested," said the company official, refusing to take the blame for the delay in construction.

Responding to a query on IVRCL group head's statement terming the incident as an "act of God", she said that it was just an expression to explain that what happened was out of anyone's control, adding, "It is for the investigating team to find out what happened".

IVRCL group head HR P Ranga Rao said that even they were "shocked" with the incident, but could not fix responsibility as of now as it was an accident.

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