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BRUM MAN ON MOST WANTED LIST AFTER TRAGEDY KILLED 31; Developer was building flats that collapsed in Goa.

Byline: AMARDEEP BASSEY Special Correspondent

AMIDLAND construction magnate behind a luxury block of beachside flats that collapsed killing 31 people in Indian has appeared on an Interpol 'Most Wanted' list.

Birmingham-born Pardip Birring faces a string of charges, including culpable homicide, for his alleged role in the tragedy in the state of Goa last January.

The exclusive five-storey Ruby Residency in Canacona was still under construction when it collapsed.

The dead were mainly poor labourers whose bodies were still being dug out six days later. Now Birring, who fled India last February, has been included on a new Interpol list of suspects being hunted around the world.

The Indian authorities believe he may be back in the UK and hiding in the Midlands or Manchester.

Birring himself had joined in with the initial rescue effort, rushing from his nearby home to the busy site which he had inspected just two hours earlier.

The 40-year-old managing director of Bharat Developers and Realtors Private Ltd told investigators that, before leaving, he had warned an engineer of a damaged concrete column with exposed steel rods.

The building's five floors had been put up in just six months after planning permission had been fast-tracked. Its sudden collapse sparked a fierce national debate over corruption in India's burgeoning construction industry.

Birring's company was targeted by protesters who hacked into its website which had boasted of "our flagship 5 star residential project with swimming pool, clubhouse and gymnasium just 5 minutes from the world-famous Palolem Beach".

So far 15 people, including senior local and state planning offi-cials, have been charged in connection with the disaster which sparked a government inquiry yet to publish its findings.

It is not clear when Birring moved to India but he began buying up land in south Goa shortly after he arrived in the sunshine state in 2006. He fled India after an unsuccessful bail application and now India's Central Bureau of Investigation has formally charged him with culpable homicide and is seeking his immediate arrest and extradition.

A CBI spokesman said: "Once the charge sheet is fully filed by the end of January crime branch will start the process for extradition of Birring to India."

Birring was one of five Birmingham crime suspects and 307 in total on the latest Interpol Most Wanted list.

Mark Paul Walker, aged 48, and Ivor Fletcher, 51, are also wanted by police forces in India - Walker on suspicion of forgery and Fletcher for charges of possession of charas, a form of hashish.

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Date:Jan 11, 2015
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