Delhi has seen three deadly fires in the last five years, killing 77 people . In 2018, 17 people were killed after being trapped inside a burning factory in the Bawana district .
NEW DELHI: Delhi has seen three deadly fires in the last five years, killing 77 people, but not much has changed on the ground.In 2018, 17 people were killed after being trapped inside a burning factory in the Bawana district.In February, a fire in Karol Bagh killed 17 people.Anaj Mandi, a factory fire in north Delhi, killed 43 workers months later.Following the incidents, Delhi Police filed FIRs, made arrests, and filed chargesheets.Nevertheless, these have not been any barrier, and infernos continue to take lives.A review of the events surrounding these fire incidents reveals a slow-paced path to justice.Cops arrested the owners, brothers Rakesh and Sharad Indu Goel, and hotel general manager Rajender Kumar, along with manager Vikas, in the fire at Arpit Hotel in Karol Bagh. According to the chargesheet, the hotel was being run as a death trap, with the emergency exit intentionally closed.On the basis of a possible delay in the trial, a court granted bail to Rakesh Goel and his brother Sharad Indu Goel later that day.The fire department informed the court in 2020 that the hotel's deaths were caused by a lack of awareness of safety procedures.Two co-owners, Manoj Jain and Lalit Goyal, Surjeet Goyal, and Girish Rathore, were arrested in a Bawana factory fire on January 20, 2018, along with Jains son Rinku (25). According to the chargesheet, the factory had only one entry and exit point, from which the workers were able to escape.In the case, Jain was released on bail.After being released on bail, he opened a firecracker factory in Haryanas Kundli.He was arrested by Haryana Police in 2020 and released on bail, but he was released on bail again. In the Anaj Mandi fire in December 2019, cops arrested four people-building owner Rehan, his brother Imran, Furkaan (Rehans boss), and another man named Mohammad Suhail.The crime branch filed the chargesheet in 2020, claiming that none of the bosses were aware of the number of employees in the factory and had taken no precautions for their safety.Rehan, Suhail, and Furkan all entered a plea of not guilty to the charges in December last year, demanding their release in the investigation.The court denied them the relief.