AAP's Gopal Rai announces compensation to Bawana Fire victims, says probe will reveal who was responsible

21 January 2018, 06:13 PM
AAP’s Gopal Rai announces compensation to Bawana Fire victims (Source: PTI)
AAP’s Gopal Rai announces compensation to Bawana Fire victims (Source: PTI)

Aam Aadmi Party’s Gopal Rai on Sunday announced that an investigation in the Labour Department has been set up in the Bawana Industrial area fire incident. The party had also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the next of the kin of the victims and a compensation of Rs 1 Lakh will be given to the families of those injured. 

Rai, who is the Minister of Rural Development under CM Arvind Kejriwal’s ministry, said that the right to issue license to a factory is owned by only Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) or the Delhi government, so either MCD or the Delhi govt is accountable for the occurrence and investigation is underway, and only probe will reveal who is solely responsible.

The statement comes a day after a massive fire broke out in three different factories of Delhi’s Bawana Industrial area, which killed as many as 17 people, including nine women. 12 fire tenders attended the spot to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire is yet to be discovered.

Earlier on Sunday, the Rohini Duty Magistrate sent Manoj Jain, the owner of one of the factory, to one-day judicial custody. Jain will be produced before the court on Monday where the police will demand for Police Custody.

Also Read: Fire in Bawana Industrial area kills 17; Health Minister J P Nadda assures help from AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed deep anguish over the unfortunate incident. CM Kejriwal took to Twitter and directed Satyendra Jain, Minister for Industries and Urban Development, to keep a strict probe over the matter.

PM Modi also expressed his grief on the incident.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter to express his sorrow over the unfortunate fire.

First Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 05:50 PM
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