A day after 17 people were charred to death in a fire accident in Bawana, the case on Sunday was transferred to the Crime Branch. Meanwhile, Manoj Jain, owner of the firecracker factory was arrested and sent to a one-day judicial custody.
Police said that they apprehended Jain from his house on Saturday late night after the incident and booked him under sections 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 ( Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC and Explosives Act at Bawana Police Station Station.
Meanwhile, Delhi Fire Services said that the fire may have been triggered by a running electric wire, but probe will reveal the cause of the incident.
Bawana factory fire Highlights:
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7:45 pm: FSL team visited the factory again today and did an extensive search of the premises for about four hours along with the assistance of Police. The samples have been picked up from the site for detailed examination.
7:40 pm: The Police have made Information desk/help desk at the Baba Saheb Ambedkar (BSA) Hospital and deputed staff who facilitated in identifying the victims with the help of relatives.
6:35 pm: The post-mortem of 12 persons has been conducted while the families of two deceased persons could not make it to the hospital.
6:30 pm: Bawana fire case has now been transferred to the Crime Branch. The police have identified 14 bodies including that of a factory supervisor who died in the blaze. The bodies of a woman and two men yet to be identified.
4:49 pm: MCD issues license. Delhi Govt issues licenses too. The investigation is underway, only the probe will reveal who was responsible for it – MCD or Delhi’s govt’s officers: Gopal Rai
4:45 pm: We have set up an investigation in the Labor Dept. We have also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh to the next of kin of the victims & Rs 1 Lakh compensation to the injured: Gopal Rai, Delhi Minister
4:11 pm: The factory that was charred in the fire was a warehouse where crackers were packed. Jain had taken the building on rent of Rs 25, 000 per month, since January 1.
4:03 pm: Rohini Duty Magistrate sent the owner of the firecracker factory Manoj Jain to one-day judicial custody. He will be produced before the court on Monday where police will ask for Police Custody.
3:43 pm: Bawana fire incident is a tragic and saddening incident.10 women among 17 killed in the fire at the illegal firecracker factory. Condolences to the bereaved families: Mahila Congress
3:37 pm: Manoj Jain, the owner, had been operating the factory since January 1. Police said they apprehended him from his house on late Saturday night and booked him under sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC
2:25 pm: Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain has said that the probe committee has been formed and strict action will be taken after the report. “Probe committee formed. Strict action will be taken after we receive the report. I don’t think the license is provided for firecracker factories in Delhi. If this indeed was a cracker factory, it’s wrong that an illegal factory was being run,” ANI quoted him as saying.
2:05 pm: Talking about the licensing of the factory in Delhi’s Bawana, GC Mishra said, “No knowledge. We will have to look into its Trade License. Better information can be obtained from Licensing Authority.”
1:34 pm: GC Mishra also said, “In all probability, it was a recently constructed building. The area was made only for the plastic factory. Only a probe will say if this factory received a NOC certificate. The activity undergoing here falls under high hazard category.
1:32 pm: Delhi Fire Services Director GC Mishra said that an FIR has been lodged by the Delhi police. The investigation is being done. Electric wires in the building were running haywire, I think fire must have started there but it will be disclosed only after the probe. There was no firefighting arrangement there.”
01:11 pm: LG Anil Baijal was at the BR Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini to meet the families of the victims.
01:01 pm: All markets in Delhi to remain closed on Tuesday, announces Chamber of Trade and Industries.
12:38 pm: Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari also supported Preeti Aggarwal saying this place, factory and its license, all belong to Delhi government and its Industry department and they were running it illegally.
इससे घटिया हरकत क्या हो सकती है कि 17 लोगों के दर्दनाक मौत के समय एक झूठे विडियो को @ArvindKejriwal CM Delhi ख़ुद Retweet करें..!!! ये जगह,ये factory,इसका लाइसेन्स, सब दिल्ली सरकार और उसके इंडस्ट्री dept का है और ग़ैर क़ानूनी चलवा रहे थे sir http://t.co/0HjgISzCLT
— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) January 20, 2018
12:20 pm: LG Anil Baijal has reached BR Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini where the families of the victims of the Bawana factory fire are waiting for post-mortem.
12:09 pm: According to a list of names released by the police, the seven deceased who have been identified includes Rajjo (65), Madeena (55), Dharma Devi (45), Baby Devi (40), Afsana (35), Sonam (23) and Reeta (18) lost their lives in the fire. All are factory workers.
12:06 pm: Rajneesh Gupta also said, ““As of now, Jain was the lone owner of the factory. However, his close friend and neighbour Lalit Goyal’s role is also being investigated.”
12:04 pm: Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta has said that Manoj Jain had taken the building on rent for Rs 25, 000 per month, since January 1. He said, “From the time of questioning till now, he told us that the factory was of cold firecrackers used in stage shows and Holi celebrations. The packages recovered from the site also show the same. ” Gupta also said that as per one of the injured labourers, crackers used to come from outside and packing was done in the factory.
12:00 pm: Police says documents related to the ownership of the factory are yet to be seized.
11:42 am: The mayor said, “This industrial area is under DSIDC and land allotment has been done by Delhi government. They should at least see what work is being done there. Is making a fake video viral and confusing public is fair? It’s condemnable and I expect Arvind Kejriwal Ji to apologise: Preeti Aggarwal
11:41 am: North Delhi mayor Preeti Aggarwal told ANI, “A video of me is being made viral on social media and has been retweeted by CM as well. I only made some inquiry about the place from my co-workers and I meant we shouldn’t say anything about such unfortunate incident at this time.”
11:34 am: North MCD Mayor Preety Aggarwal on Saturday said she will “make a committee to investigate the matter”.
11:33 pm: Delhi police have arrested the owner of the illegal firecracker factory at Bawana, Manoj Jain. Jain was running the factory since January 1 this year.
11:32 am: Fire officials said the fire broke out in the basement around 6.20 pm and moved up to the floors above. Fifteen fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire. PCR vans from the local police station and 13 Cats ambulances rushed those injured to local hospitals.
11:31 am: Around 50 workers were trapped inside the three-floor unit, and Delhi Fire Services said a majority of the deaths were caused by burns while a few died after inhaling toxic fumes.
11:30 am: Seventeen people were killed in a fire that broke out at an illegal firecracker storage unit in Bawana Industrial Area of Delhi on Saturday evening.
(With Inputs from ENS and agencies)