Bawana Fire: On the evening of January 20, around 6.20 pm, a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area caught fire, killing at least 17 people. The massive fire started on the ground floor of the establishment that escalated to the two floors above the and ripped through the structure, the official said. Ten women and seven men are reported killed, another fire official said. He also mentioned that a man and woman were injured in the incident. The injured — Roop Prakash (in his 20s) and Sunita (in her 40s) — have been admitted to a hospital after they managed to escape the fire as they jumped from the second floor. The police said an FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections relating to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible material. The maximum punishment under the sections is 10 years.
– Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh to the injured. He arrived at the venue and inspected the site of the incident last night.
– The incident even got the attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who expressed his grief. He wrote, “Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly.”
Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 20, 2018
– Statement from Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police PRO: “17 people have been killed in a very unfortunate incident yesterday. Delhi Police registered the case under 304, 285 & explosives act & arrested the person who took this place on rent on January 1 & was doing this work illegally.”
– Comments from North Delhi Mayor Preety Aggarwal: “I received information about the incident on phone at around 9 pm & we immediately rushed to the spot. The situation is under control now.”
* WATCH | While speaking to her aide, BJP leader & North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preeti Aggarwal said, ‘iss factory ki licensing,’ and then the audio is inaudible. Her video has gone viral after the incident.
#WATCH: In the aftermath of Bawana factory fire, BJP leader & North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preeti Aggarwal caught on cam telling her aide, ‘iss factory ki licensing hamare paas hai isliye hum kuch nahi bol sakte.’ The incident has claimed 17 lives. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/zXfVjNADl2
— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2018
* Following her video being viral on Social Media, North Delhi Mayor Preety Aggarwal said, “A video of me is being made viral on social media & has been retweeted by CM as well. I only made some inquiry about the place from my co-workers & I meant we shouldn’t say anything about such unfortunate incident at this time.”
* After the comments from Preeti Aggarwal attracted attention, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said, “Preeti Aggarwal asked who does the factory come under, it’s murmuring, only ‘ye factory’ is clear. Ppl are trying to make that fake video viral at a sad time just to blame BJP. CM retweeted it, he must apologise for such low-level politics in a time of despair.”
* Satyendra Jain, the Delhi Health Minister, met the two survivors at the hospital. Jain said, “Prima facie it appears packaging of the firecrackers were going on as no machines were found.”
* The Delhi Police have arrested the owner of the firecracker factory, Manoj Jain.
* “The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area,” a senior NDMC official said.