New Delhi, December 8: The Delhi Police arrested the owner of the factory and Anaj Mandi building where fire broke out early on Sunday morning causing the death of at least 43 workers, most of who died due to suffocation. The owner of the factory has been identified as Rehan. A case has been registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against him. The manager has also been arrested, reported ANI. The four-storey building in a crowded market in West Delhi's Rani Jhansi Road area, where a fire broke out on Sunday morning killing 43 people, did not have clearance from the national capital's Fire Service Department. Delhi Fire: 43 Dead After Massive Blaze Engulfs Anaj Mandi Building.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Delhi Fire Service Chief Atul Garg said that the building in Anaj Mandi did not have a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department and safety requirements. Delhi Fire: Anaj Mandi Building Didn't Have Clearance From Fire Department, AAP Blames BJP-Run MCD For Tragedy.
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#UPDATE Delhi Police have now arrested Rehan, the owner of the building where a fire broke out earlier today, claiming lives of 43 people. A case has been registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code against him. #DelhiFire https://t.co/8C2KicbjdN
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the fire incident in Delhi's Anaj Mandi area as extremely horrific. "The fire in Delhi's Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery," the prime minister said in a tweet. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it is a tragic incident and said firemen were doing their best. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of those workers killed who hailed from the state in the Delhi fire factory.