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India: Bawana firecracker factory fire kills 17, factory owner arrested

Author: Alok Singh, Indian Express, Published on: 19 January 2018

"Delhi fire: Day after blaze killed 17, Bawana firecracker factory owner Manoj Jain arrested." 21 January 2018

The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested the owner of the firecracker factory in Bawana Industrial area where 17 people died a day earlier after a fire broke out in the building...

...[T]he owner, had been operating the factory since January 1. Police said they...booked him ...[for] negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter...punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder...causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] and Explosives Act at Bawana Police Station Station.

... the factory was of cold firecrackers used in stage shows and Holi celebrations. The packages recovered from the site also show the same...

... As of now, it was found that most of the workers were trapped inside the three-floor unit which caused the majority of deaths.

Incidentally, the firecracker fire was the third fire incident in Bawana Industrial Area Saturday. The other fires, in separate factories, didn’t result in any casualties...


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