Delhi fire tragedy: Court sends property owner, manager to 14-day police custody

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NEW DELHI, Dec 9 (AGENCIES): A Delhi court Monday sent to 14-day police custody the property owner and the manager of the four-storey building housing illegal manufacturing units in north Delhi’s congested Anaj Mandi area where 43 people were killed in a massive fire.

Metropolitan Magistrate Manoj Kumar sent Rehan and Furkan to custody after police said their remand was required to ascertain the role of other accused in the case.

The court said considering the enormity of the incident, it is of the opinion that the case required multi-pronged investigation and hence the police custody of the accused was necessary.

Police arrested the two and registered a case under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire) of the IPC. The case was transferred to the Crime Branch.

During the hearing, police told the court that initial investigation has shown there were other accused and custodial interrogation of the duo was required to identify and ascertain their role. They said factories operated at the property without clearance from authorities.

Police said there were three owners of the building and they sublet the property to different people whose role are also to be investigated.

The counsel for Rehan and Furkan opposed the request for remand, saying police have already seized all the documents and the agreement papers of the property.

“The accused will provide other documents too whenever required. Police remand was not required,” the lawyer told the court.

Police also informed the court that they have not received any written order transferring the case to crime branch.

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