India police arrest two after deadly building fire in New Delhi

by | May 14, 2022 | World

Two people suspected of flouting fire safety rules arrested in connection with the massive fire in a four-storey commercial building in the Indian capital.Police have arrested two people in connection with a massive fire in a four-storey commercial building in the Indian capital, that left at least 27 people dead, police and fire officials have said.
Twelve more were injured in the blaze that engulfed the building in the Mundka area in the city’s western suburbs on Friday evening, Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg told reporters on Saturday.
The building did not have safety clearances from the fire department nor was it equipped with fire-safety equipment, Garg said, adding that the fire started on the first floor, which houses a company that manufactures security cameras.
Two brothers, owners of the firm, were arrested by the police, according to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the site on Saturday. The owner of the building has absconded.
More than 75 people were in the building when the fire broke out on Friday evening. Some jumped from windows to save themselves, according to witnesses, and firefighters broke the glass and rescued people with ropes.
The police registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and a criminal conspiracy that is punishable with life imprisonment or 10 years in jail.
All 27 bodies were recovered from the second floor where people attending a motivational meeting were caught in the …

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