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A case has been registered against the owner of the e-rickshaws in connection with the fire that broke out due to short circuit caused during the charging of the vehicles in a four-storeyed building in northeast Delhi’s Shahdara area killing three people and injuring a dozen others. The cause of fire was under investigation but prima facie short circuit was believed to be the reason behind it as many e-rickshaws were getting charged in the parking of the building, police said on Wednesday.
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“A case under sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 304(A)(causing death by negligence) of IPC has been registered against Kanhaiya, the owner of the e-rickshaws,” a senior police officer said, adding they will try to ascertain whether someone else was involved too.
Three persons including a woman and her ten-year-old daughter were charred to death while a dozen others sustained burn injuries in the fire yesterday.
Kanhaiya himself was injured in the incident.
Police said that over two dozen persons were sleeping in the eight flats of the building when the fire broke out. A few of them managed to escape while others got trapped inside as the fire had started from its parking.
The families of four brothers — Anil, Pradeep, Satish and Kanhaiya — lived in the four flats on 2nd and 3rd floors of the building.
Kanhaiya reportedly gave e-rickshaws on rent which were parked in the parking below the building. Nearly a dozen e-rickshaws kept there were plugged on for charging which allegedly caused fire due to short circuit. The fire also engulfed other vehicles parked there.