A day after a fire at a coaching centre killed 20 students, Surat Police on Saturday arrested one of the three accused who ran the tution classes. The other two are absconding. An FIR has been registered against them for culpable homicide. Municipal corporations across Ahmedabad and Vadodara also ordered all coaching centres in these cities to be closed till further orders. Rajkot civic body, meanwhile, has directed its officials to seal all such premises where fire-fighting equipment was not in place. Surat’s hero Ketan Chodvadiya risks life to save students
Most of the students killed in the fire that broke out on the rooftop of Takshashila Complex were expecting their Class XII results Saturday. Not being able to find a way out, many of those trapped inside jumped off the building to escape the blaze. While the Surat Municipal Corporation had conducted a fire audit on coaching classes in November, the rooftop establishment on Takshashila Complex escaped the radar because it “did not fit the definition of a coaching class”.
Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma told The Indian Express that the fire is suspected have started either from an air conditioner compressor or some electrical equipment in (one of) the classes. The fire then spread through the wooden stairway, which connected the third floor to the terrace, where the classes were being held. SEE PICS