Delhi Mundka Fire tragedy: At least 27 dead; CM Arvind Kejriwal orders magisterial probe, ex-gratia

Delhi Mundka Fire tragedy: CM Arvind Kejriwal orders magisterial probe, ex-gratia
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In a tragic incident, at least 27 people died after a three-storey building near Mundka metro station in West Delhi caught fire on Friday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia visited the site on Saturday to take a stock of the rescue operations. The Delhi CM has announced aan ex gratia of Rs 10 Lakh for the kin of the deceased.

“Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident,” the CM said.

Meanwhile, two persons – Harish Goel and Varun Goel – have been arrested by the Delhi Police in the light of the incident. However, owner of the building identified as Manish Lakra is absconding.

‘Kin being called to identify bodies’

“We have recovered 27 bodies so far. Their parents and relatives have been called and proper slot-wise identification is being done,” DCP Outer Dist, Sameer Sharma, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Rs 10 Lakh Ex Gratia announced for kin of deceased

“Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Families of the deceased will be given Rs 10 lakhs compensation while the injured will be given Rs 50,000 compensation,” the CM was quoted as saying by ANI.

He added, “It was a massive fire, many people were killed, and their bodies were charred to the extent that they couldn’t be identified. We have deployed help to identify the missing and the dead.”

Meanwhile, ANI has reported that the number of missing persons had risen to 29.