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Shiv Sena fires salvo at Fadnavis over Kamala Mills fire

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today said Devendra Fadnavis' claim that the and order situation was under control rings hollow as most culprits of the Kamala Mills compound fire here were still at large.

The ally, a in the government, also raised the issue of alleged political pressure on to not act against 10-15 illegal pubs and restaurants in the compound after the December 29 blaze in its premises.

Fadnavis, who also holds the home department, has said the and order situation is "absolutely good" in the state, rocked by caste conflict at Bhima-Koregaon near and subsequent violent protests by Dalit agitators.

"If the claims to have control over the and order situation despite the riots after the Bhima- Koregaon incident, then people would like to know why the culprits behind the Kamala Mills fire are still at large," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

Only if they are arrested can the accept the the claim that things are under control, the Marathi daily said.

The main accused in the fire at 1 in the Kamala Mills compound that claimed 14 lives are yet to be arrested though several FIRs have been filed.

According to the Sena, the state did take action against some illegal structures at pubs and restaurants across after the blaze, but "... insulted the victims by announcing a Rs 1 lakh reward for providing information about the absconding accused".

"This means the state has asked people (instead of police) to find the accused," the Sena publication said.

The editorial said names of those who reportedly put pressure on the to spare illegal constructions in the compound should be made public.

"It was political pressure. One must know that the is appointed by the state and he/she generally listens to the government," it said.

The real question, it added, is whether the Kamala Mills owners were among those who put pressure on the commissioner.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 14:50 IST