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Delhi Mundka fire: Building owner sent to 2-day police custody for further probe

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Firefighters try to douse the fire that broke out in a building near Mundka metro station, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)

New Delhi: The owner of a building in outer Delhi's Mundka where a massive fire led to the death of 27 people was sent to two-day police custody for further investigation into the fire mishap.

The building owner, identified as Manish Lakra was arrested on Sunday morning.

According to news agency ANI, Delhi Police informed that it nabbed Lakra after conducting multiple raids in Delhi and Haryana.

Lakra used to live on the fourth floor of the commercial building, and he managed to escape to the adjacent building along with his family members when the fire broke out, the police said.

With this, the total number of people arrested in the case has risen to three.

Earlier on Saturday, the police also detained the owners of a CCTV cameras and router manufacturing company that was operating on the 1st floor of the building. They were identified as Harish Goel and Varun Goel.

An FIR was registered under sections of Indian Penal Code 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 120 (concealing design to commit an offense punishable with imprisonment), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) in connection with the fire incident.

Deputy Commissioner of Police outer district Sameer Sharma on Saturday assured action against concerned officers if they are found guilty in the investigation.

"We have registered FIR under appropriate sections. Action will be taken against everyone who did anything wrong or didn't follow rules. We will do a proper investigation, action will be taken against officers too if they're found culpable," Sharma had said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Mundka fire incident and announced a compensation of ₹ 10 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹ 50,000 for the injured.

Mr. Kejriwal, along with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain, visited the site to oversee rescue operations and said the accused will be brought to justice.

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