Bawana fire: Factory owner sent to judicial custody

The Bawana factory owner who was arrested by the police has been sent for a day’s judicial custody after 17 people died including 10 females in the fire incident at the factory premises on Saturday evening. He will be produced before the court on Monday.

Delhi Police had arrested the factory owner Manoj Jain late on Saturday night and booked him under the explosives act as the plastic factory was operated along with packing of cold crackers, smoke crackers used in ceremonies and events etc.

According to the police, the factory operated illegally.  The fire that set a blaze the factory’s two floors Saturday evening around 1820 hours claimed 17 lives including 10 females, according to the police.

According to sources, other than Jain one of his partner Lalit Goel was also involved in the running the business who was yet to be arrested.

The cold crackers were brought from outside and were stored and re packed in the premises, according to sources.

The said factory did not have necessary fire safety arrangements in place and also overlooked other laws in terms of unauthorised usage of space etc.

Meanwhile, speaking about the incident Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said that the unit was functional on a holiday that is Saturday and alleged that the workers were working inside with the gates locked from outside. He further alleged that had the doors not been closed it would have certainly helped save lives.

Delhi Congress has demanded a judicial probe into the matter as a magisterial level inquiry was not sufficient and will be doubtful as all the departments including Environment, Health, municipal corporations, Labor and others fall in the Delhi Government and an officer of the same government can have a slant in his investigation. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government has ordered an inquiry in the fire incident.


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