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E-ricksaws overcharging kill 3, injure 12 in Delhi

Three People Killed And Dozen Injured Due To Short Curcuit Caused During The Charging Of The E-ricksaws Vehicles In A Four-storeyed Building In Northeast Delhi's Shahdara Area.

PTI | Updated on: 04 Nov 2016, 11:39:49 AM
E-ricksaw charging claims 3 lives in Delhi's Shahdara area (PICS:Getty image)

New Delhi:

Three people killed and dozen injured due to short curcuit caused during the charging of the E-ricksaws vehicles in a four-storeyed building in northeast Delhi's Shahdara area. A case has been registered against the owner of the e-rickshaws.

Cause of fire was under investigation but prima facie short circuit was believed to be the reason behind it as many e-rickshaws were getting charged in the parking of the building, police said on Thursday.

"A case under sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), 337 (causing hurt by actendangering life or personal safety of others), 304(A)(causing death by negligence) of IPC has been registered against Kanhaiya, the owner of the e-rickshaws," a senior policeofficer said, adding they will try to ascertain whether someone else was involved too.

Three persons including a woman and her ten-year-olddaughter were charred to death while a dozen others sustainedburn injuries in the fire yesterday. Kanhaiya himself was injured in the incident. Police said that over two dozen persons were sleeping inthe eight flats of the building when the fire broke out. A fewof them managed to escape while others got trapped inside asthe fire had started from its parking. The families of four brothers -- Anil, Pradeep, Satish andKanhaiya -- lived in the four flats on 2nd and 3rd floors ofthe building.

Kanhaiya reportedly gave e-rickshaws on rent which were parked in the parking below the building. Nearly a dozen-rickshaws kept there were plugged on for charging which allegedly caused fire due to short circuit. The fire also engulfed other vehicles parked there.

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First Published : 04 Nov 2016, 11:28:00 AM

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