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Indian police arrest 9 in Mumbai building collapse

Sunday - 4/7/2013, 6:48am  ET

Indians walk during the funeral procession of Mohamed Sadiq Ansari, a victim of a building collapse, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police arrested two builders as rescue workers on Saturday finished a two-day search for survivors in the collapse of a residential building being constructed illegally in India's financial capital. At least 72 people were killed in the accident, the worst house collapse in the country in recent decades. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Police say they've arrested nine people, including builders, police officers and municipality officials, for colluding to illegally construct a residential building in India's financial capital that collapsed, killing 74 people.

Police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi says two builders were arrested for allegedly paying bribes to police and municipality officials to construct the eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane without any official sanction.

The building came crashing down on Thursday in the country's worst house collapse in recent decades.

Raghuvanshi said Sunday that police will formally charge the nine with culpable homicide and causing death by negligence at the end of an investigation into the accident.

If convicted, they can be sentenced to up to life in prison.

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