Massive Fire Breaks Out In Surat Mill, 18 Fire Tenders On Spot

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 31 August 2019, 10:15 AM
According to reports, no one suffered injuries. (Image Credit: ANI)
According to reports, no one suffered injuries. (Image Credit: ANI)

A massive fire broke out in a cloth factory in Pandesara area of Surat district in Gujarat on Saturday morning. 18 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. 

According to reports, no one suffered injuries. More details are awaited.

Earlier, 12 students lost their lives after a devastating fire engulfed a commercial complex in Surat. Two months after the fire, police filed a chargesheet against 11 accused in a court.

The fire broke out on the top floor of Takshashila Arcade in Sarthana area of Surat on May 24, and several students jumped off the building to escape it.

The 4,271-page charge sheet with statements of more than 270 witnesses was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate C J Rathod.

The 11 accused include builders of the complex, Surat Municipal Corporation officials as well as the owner of the coaching institute.

They have been charged under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the Indian Penal Code.

A probe found negligence on the part of the accused, as highly inflammable material and tyres, which doubled up as chairs in the coaching class, caused the fire to spread rapidly.

It had found that civic officials had turned a blind eye to illegal construction on the top floor of the complex to create space for the coaching institute.

The charge sheet names the accused as Bhargav Bhutani, Harsukh Vekariya, Jignesh Paghdal, Savji Paghdal, Ravindra Kahar, Parag Munshi, Jayesh Solanki, S K Acharya, Kirti Modh,

Vinu Parmar and Dipak Nayak. Three other accused are yet to be arrested.

First Published: Saturday, August 31, 2019 08:06 AM

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