Manish Lakra has been arrested in connection with the fire at Delhi Mundka, ANI reported citing Delhi Police. Lakra is also accused of not having a valid fire NOC for the site.
Lakhra, who was absconding ever since the tragic incident occurred, was hunted in Delhi and Haryana, the police said. The Delhi Police said the building did not have a fire safety permit.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) said that a raid in Delhi and Haryana had resulted in the arrest of Manish Lakra, the owner of the absconding building.
According to him, Lakhra resides in Mundka village.
A day earlier, Delhi Police detained Harish Goel and Varun Goel, the owners of the company. Several FIRs have been filed under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 120 (concealing a design to commit an offence punishable by imprisonment), and 34 (acts committed by several individuals for a common motive).
Nineteen people remain missing and little hope of finding survivors after a fire broke out on the first floor of a four-story building near Delhi’s Mundka station on Friday. Twenty-seven people have died and 21 women are among the dead.
The BJP has accused Arvind Kejriwal of mishandling the fire crisis, while the BJP has begun playing the political blame game around the Mundka fire incident.
It said that had the fire tenders arrived on time, the deadly fire would have been averted.
“The fire in Mundka that claimed 27 lives could have been avoided or contained if the fire tenders had arrived on time, according to Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s national information and technology department.” 1.5 hours delay is completely inexplicable. Arvind Kejriwal’s mishandling is to blame for the mishap. He needs to be held accountable.”