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Charred human remains found during search operation

Charred human remains were found on May 14 on the second floor of the building in the Mundka district outside Delhi, where a massive fire broke out on May 13, service officials said. Delhi fire (DFS).

It is suspected that an explosion in an air conditioner may have started the fire, DFS director Atul Garg said.

No less than 27 people have died so far in the fire that ravaged the four-story building on Friday. The fire started on the first floor which houses the office of a company that manufactures and assembles CCTV cameras and routers, police said.

The owners of the business, Harish Goel and his brother Varun Goel, who were detained earlier, have been arrested, Deputy Police Commissioner (External) Sameer Sharma said.

“Charred human remains were found on the second floor of the building during a search operation by our firefighters. But we cannot say whether these are the remains of one body or multiple bodies. Although the fire has been extinguished, cooling and search operations continue,” Garg said.

At present, two firefighters are present on the spot, he added.

According to Deputy Police Commissioner (External) Sameer Sharma, the owners of the business – Harish Goel and Vijay Goel who were arrested have been arrested in connection with the incident.

An FIR was registered against them under Sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not tantamount to murder), 308 (attempted culpable homicide), 120 (concealment of a design to commit an offense punishable by imprisonment ) and 34 (common intention) of Indian law. Criminal Code, he said.

All floors of the building were used by the same company, DCP said.

The building’s owner, Manish Lakra, has also been booked, police said. They said search operations were underway.

All but one of the 12 injured have been identified, an official said.

According to a list released by the West Delhi District Magistrate, the injured are Staish (38), Pradeep (36), Ashu (22), Harjeet (23), Nitin (24), Avinash (29), Sandhya (22) , Dhanvanti (21 years old), Bimla (43 years old), Ayesha (24 years old) and Mamta (52 years old).

The injured were rescued and taken to hospital, where they were treated, officials said.

According to the police, a call about the fire was received at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, after which they immediately reached the location of the building, near the number 545 subway pillar.

Police officials smashed windows in the building to rescue people, they said, adding that the injured were being admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.

During the initial investigation, police found that the four-story building was being used to provide office space for businesses.

More than 50 employees of the company whose office was located on the first floor were rescued while 27 bodies were found, they said.

Ambulances were also on hand to provide immediate medical assistance to rescued victims.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)

First post: STI

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