Owners of Hellish Buildings in Delhi Arrested

At least 27 people died and 12 were injured after a fire broke out at a four-story office building in Mundka, west Delhi, on Friday night, police said.

Police have yet to release details about the victims’ identities. The injured were admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital. At least 50 people were rescued from the building and some are still trapped inside, police said.

The Delhi Fire Service sent cranes to rescue people trapped in the fire. However, smoke from the fire spread throughout the building and some people jumped through windows to save themselves, while others used ropes to get down.

The fire started on the first floor of the building, which houses the office of a company manufacturing CCTV cameras and routers, Deputy Police (Exterior) Commissioner Sameer Sharma said.

The company’s owners – Harish Goel and Varun Goel – were arrested, police said. The building’s owner, who did not have security clearance from the fire department, was identified as Manish Lakra and is on the run, police said.

A motivational speech event was being held on the second floor when the fire started. Many people were participating in this program. Therefore, most of the deaths occurred on this floor, the preliminary investigation indicated.

According to firefighters, information about the fire was received around 4:40 pm, after which 24 firefighters were taken to the scene.

The fire department division official reported that there was only one ladder due to which people could not escape from the building.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi are among several politicians mourning the loss of life in the tragic incident.

The Prime Minister said that Rs 2 lakh each will be given to the families of those who lost their lives. The injured will receive Rs 50,000, his office tweeted.

Interior Minister Amit Shah said he is in constant contact with the authorities and that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been put into service.

With NDTV inputs

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