India, Dec. 4 -- Chennai Police in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district arrested on Tuesday a 60-year-old businessman in connection with a wall collapse that killed 17 people the previous day .

The 80-feet-long granite compound wall of businessmanSivasubramanian's bungalow collapsed early Monday in Nadur Adi Dravidar (Dalit) Colony in Mettupalayam after heavy showers lashed the area.

"Because of torrential rainfall, the granite compound wall, which was 23 feet in heigh, had tumbled on the houses lying below," said K Rajamani, collector of Coimbatore district.

Mettupalayam police booked Sivasubramanian under section 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code for causing deaths by negligence. Residents had alerted the businessman about cracks that had d...