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Anaj Mandi fire incident was catastrophe waiting to happen, says NHRC

About 100-150 people were sleeping when the fire broke out and most of the victims choked to death

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Police personnel and onlookers stand near a factory at Rani Jhansi Road where a major fire broke out in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Police personnel and onlookers stand near a factory at Rani Jhansi Road where a major fire broke out in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Describing the Anaj Mandi fire incident as a "catastrophe" waiting to happen, the Human Rights Commission on Monday issued notices to the Delhi government, the city's police chief and the North MCD and sought a detailed report in six weeks.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that at least 43 people were killed in Filmistan's Anaj Mandi area in central Delhi early Sunday morning when a blaze caused by a short-circuit turned a five-storey building into a "lethal gas chamber", the rights panel said.

About 100-150 people were sleeping when the fire broke out and most of the victims choked to death.

The Commission has issued notices to the chief secretary of the Delhi government, the Delhi police commissioner and the commissioner of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. It has sought a report within six weeks along with action taken against the errant officials, and details of relief and rehabilitation provided to the next of kin of the deceased and the injured persons, it said in a statement.

First Published: Mon, December 09 2019. 18:45 IST
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