Mayor of North Delhi, Preeti Aggarwal was caught on camera, cautioning the officials from speaking against the firecracker factory, where fire broke out yesterday. The factory is registered with her family.
A massive fire broke out at a firecracker unit in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area, killing 17 people and injuring two last evening.
Aggarwal, who visited the spot to take stock of the situation, was heard telling officials before talking to the media, “Is factory ki license humare paas hai, isliye kuch nai bolna.” (The license of this factory is with us, so don’t speak against it.)
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One person has been taken into custody by the Delhi Police, a case has been registered and a co-owner of the unit, Manoj Jain has been booked according to Rohini Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rajneesh Gupta.
“Manoj Jain has been apprehended. As per information, there were two partners, Manoj Jain and Lalit Goel. It is yet to be verified whether they are the owners of the premises or have taken it on rent,” he said.
According to the fire department, the industrial area recorded an unprecedented three fires yesterday – the first around 4 pm in a carpet manufacturing company in Sector 1, the second in the firecracker unit in Sector 5, and the third in Sector 3 at 7.30 pm.
“We had received three calls. One was from 3:55 at Sector 1 from a carpet manufacturing company, the second was at 6:20 from bomb storage factory and third was at 7:35 from Sector 3,” said GC Mishra, Director, Fire Department.
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has ordered an inquiry into the fire while announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the family of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to the two injured.
Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain also took congnizance of the tragedy and tweeted, “Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana. Several casualties. Monitoring the situation. Have ordered an inquiry.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over it and said, “My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly.”
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