Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

SC orders setting up inquiry commission to probe 2006 Meerut fire tragedy

Supreme-court A bench led by Justice Dipal Misra appointed its former judge SB Sinha to inquire into tragedy and submit a detailed report by January 31, 2015.
Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Posted: July 31, 2014 12:07 pm

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered for setting up a one-member inquiry commission to probe into the 2006 Meerut fire tragedy, in which around 60 people were killed.

A bench led by Justice Dipal Misra appointed its former judge SB Sinha to inquire into tragedy and submit a detailed report by January 31, 2015.

In its order, the court also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pay an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of those killed in the blaze and Rs 2 lakh to seriously injured people.

On the evening of April 10, 2006, fire spread through a consumer electronic fair in Victoria Park in Meerut reportedly due to a short circuit.

An estimated 2000 people were at the fair when the fire broke out leading to stampede like situation which ended in tragedy.

Petitioner Sanjay Gupta, who lost five members of his family, including three children, in the fire tragedy, moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident.

He asked a transfer of the investigation to CBI to bring the culprits, including officials responsible, to book. The petition alleged that till date no action has been taken against any of the officials, including the then district magistrate and the SSP Meerut, who granted permission to the organisers of the fair without ensuring fire safety measures.

According to Gupta, the state government left no stone unturned in shielding the culprits and not even a single officer was suspended. The petitioner contended that the administration had demonstrated utterly callous attitude and even the dead bodies of the victims were allegedly bulldozed at the instance of the top officials including the then District Magistrate.

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