Delhi Fire Tragedy: PM Modi announces ex-gratia

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the fire tragedy that took place near Delhi’s Mundka metro station on May 13.

Reportedly, Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) will be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the fire in Delhi, informed the Prime Minister.

The injured will be given Rs. 50,00, he added.

PM Modi announced the same on the Twitter handle of the Office of the Prime Minister of India.

Meanwhile, 27 people have been reportedly killed in the major fire incident while 12 sustained injuries and several still missing.

Till the last reports came in, the owner of the ill-fated multi-storeyed building in Mundka, where a major fire broke out on Friday, resided on the top floor and went absconding after the incident, an official said on Saturday.

The police revealed the identity of the owner as Manish Lakra, however, it is yet to be learnt whether he was present in the building at the time of the incident. “His whereabouts are still unknown,” the official said, adding searches are on to nab him.

Most of the people were present on the second floor of the building at the time of the incident. The fire first broke out on the first floor of the building which houses a CCTV and router manufacturing company.

The police have detained the owners of that company, identified as Harish Goel and Varun Goel and their antecedents are being examined.

Adding to this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit the site of the Mundka fire incident later this morning.

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