On Tuesday morning, seventeen people, many of them sleeping guests, were killed in a fire at a hotel in the congested Karol Bagh area of downtown Delhi. Some of the victims were scorched and others suffocated in the poisonous fumes. A woman and a child died when they jumped from the fifth floor to escape the fire, according to reports.
A case has been registered against the hotel owner, with sections that include culpable homicides that do not amount to murder. The general manager and another hotel employee were also arrested by the Delhi police, who have now transferred the case to the crime branch.
The videos recorded by witnesses showed thick smoke and flames crowning the terrace of the six-story Hotel Arpit Palace after the fire broke out around 4 am. A person was seen hanging from the terrace and then jumping. The police said he died. The fire could have started due to a short circuit, according to reports. According to a fire officer, hotel guests who are popular with budget travelers and business travelers could not use the corridors to escape due to the wooden panels. The hotel did not have adequate fire escapes.
The hotel staff said there were almost 150 people inside the hotel, built about 25 years ago. A group of eight from Myanmar was staying at the hotel; three of them, including two women, died and one was injured. The fire was controlled around 7 am to more than a dozen dozen firefighters. Thirty-five people were rescued and the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals.
“Delhi’s prime minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the site, said a masterful investigation had been ordered that will also investigate violations of other hotels in the area.” There is a clear case of negligence here, “Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain told NDTV, although the law limited construction to only four floors, the hotel had a fifth and sixth floor with an awning that housed a kitchen and a dining area. , He said.