At Least 26 Killed in Fire at Building Near Mundka Metro Station

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After a building near West Delhi’s Mundka metro station caught fire on Friday, 13 May, killing at least 27 people, the Delhi Police arrested two people – Harish Goel and Varun Goel, IANS reported.

Manish Lakra, who was identified as the owner of the building, “is currently absconding,” news agency ANI quoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (Outer District) Sameer Sharma as saying.

An FIR has been registered under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide),120 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“Twenty-seven bodies have been recovered in the fire at the three-storey commercial building,” said Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who expressed his grief over the accident on Friday, is scheduled to visit the site later on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia to the kin of those lost in the blaze. He added, “The injured would be given Rs 50,000.”

The fire broke out at a building near pillar number 544 of the Mundka metro station at around 4:40 pm.

Earlier, the Delhi Police had said:

Choudhary also said that some people even jumped from the building, and were later shifted to the hospital. Officials also broke the windows of the building to rescue people trapped inside. The police added that 12 people were injured during the fire.

DCP Sharma added that out of the 27 bodies, 25 hadn’t been identified. “Forensic team will check DNA samples. 27-28 missing complaints have come in,” the police official said further.

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