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Delhi Fire Tragedy: Anaj Mandi Factory Owner Rehan Arrested; Over 40 Killed

The Factory Was Being Operated Illegally From A House And The Building Didn't Have Fire Clearance Or Safety Tools.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 08 Dec 2019, 07:21:51 PM
Anaj Mandi factory owner Rehan (left) has been charged under section 304 of the IPC.

New Delhi :

The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested the owner of the Anaj Mandi factory, where a massive fire claimed at least 43 lives in the wee hours. Rehan, who owns the factory, was on the run after the tragic incident occurred. According to news agency ANI, the police have registered a case against him under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code. 

A massive fire swept through a factory in Anaj Mandi area of north Delhi on Sunday morning, leaving more than 40 people dead and many others injured, police said. The latest reports put the toll at 43. The death toll is likely to climb as many of the injured have suffered grievous injuries.

According to officials, the building did not have fire clearance from Delhi Fire Service or any other safety tools. Also, teh factory was operating in residential area. Rehan has been charged with causing death due to negligence.

The Delhi government has also ordered a probe into the fire incident in Anaj Mandi area and sought a detailed report within seven days. Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot directed district magistrate (central) to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within seven days. During his visit to the site, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

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The blame game has started over the tragic fire incident in Delhi, which killed at least 43 people, with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) questioning the role of BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that it was MCD’s duty to shut the factory that was running illegally.

"If a factory was operating illegally at a house, then it was responsibility of Municipal Corporation of Delhi to shut it. How did MCD allow the factory to run? Delhi Fire Service has clarified that it didn't give a no objection certificate to the factory," Singh said.

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First Published : 08 Dec 2019, 05:22:03 PM