Highlights

  • Building owner Manish Lakra arrested
  • No of casualties may increase and identification of charred remains continue
  • 19 are still missing since the fire

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Owner of the building in Mundka that caught fire and left 27 dead, arrested after police raided locations in Haryana and Delhi; police fear number of casualties may increase as charred remains yet to be identified and 19 remain missing

Manish Lakra, the absconding owner of the building in Mundka, where a massive fire broke out, has been arrested two days after the incident.

Sameer Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Outer Delhi said that they arrested Manish Lakra after conducting raids in Delhi and Haryana. Lakra is a resident of Mundka village, he said.

Twenty-seven people, of which 21 were women, died in the blaze that started on the first floor of the four-storey building on Friday. Twelve other people were also injured in the fire.

More are feared dead as charred remains are still to be identified. According to the police, about 30 could be dead and 19 remain missing. The hope that some could still be alive in the smouldering embers ebbs by the hour.

Reports suggest that packaging material stored on the third floor of the building caused the blaze to intensify. The four-storeyed building had a single narrow entry and exit route that made escape difficult.

(With PTI inputs)

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