We have questioned a witness from the construction contractor. He is the construction project manager
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The West Jakarta Police questioned contractors responsible for the construction project for the Jakarta 96 State High School in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, that collapsed on Wednesday (Nov 17).

"We have questioned a witness from the construction contractor. He is the construction project manager," West Jakarta Police Special Criminal Unit Head Adjunct Commissioner Fahmi Fiandri stated in Jakarta on Friday.

The project manager was among the 12 witnesses summoned by the police for questioning, Fiandri remarked while confirming that the witnesses comprised construction workers and the group leader working on the school construction project.

He confirmed that the police remained open to the option to summon more witnesses apart from the 12 earlier called for investigation.

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The adjunct commissioner also confirmed that the police will summon one of the four victims injured during the collapse for questioning today.

Despite furnishing details of the investigation progress, the police noted that the investigation was conducted to determine the main cause of the structure collapse.

Earlier, West Jakarta Education Office head Aroman had confirmed that a total rehabilitation project was underway for the Jakarta 96 State High School building that collapsed on Wednesday.

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"New construction was ongoing on the structure that caved in, as work was ongoing on the school under a total rehabilitation project," Aroman stated.

The office head noted that four construction workers were injured in the collapse, with some suffering from a broken leg, and they were promptly brought to a hospital for emergency care after being rescued from the rubble.

No fatalities among construction workers nor injuries among residents living close to the school complex were reported, he confirmed.

The Education Office is yet to receive instructions either to continue or suspend the rehabilitation process, as the project fell under the jurisdiction of the Jakarta Province Education Office, Aroman stated.

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