Sunday, February 28, 2010

Police arrest four for Carlton fire tragedy

Police arrest four for Carlton fire tragedy

All were prima facie held responsible for closing the fire exits

MK Madhusoodan. Bangalore

The heat is spreading slowly in the aftermath of Carlton Towers fire tragedy that claimed nine lives on Tuesday.
On Saturday, Jeevanbimanagar police took four persons into their custody in connection with the incident.
Police said the four were taken into custody as they were prima facie held responsible for closing the fire exit routes within the towers. The police have already registered a case against the owners of the building under Section 304 of IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Assistant commissioner of police (Ulsoor sub division) said the arrested include Rafiq-ur-Rahman, secretary of Carlton Towers Owners Association, who has been accused of blocking the exit point in the building as per the statements given by the other occupants of the building, Ramachandra Bhandari, chief security advisor for the towers, Kempe Gowda, supervisor, electrical installations, and Chennaih, head of administration and safety, Carlton Towers.
Police said these four have been detained for questioning and if evidence is found against them, they will be arrested and produced at the court.
Police said they were checking the documents received from Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to ascertain the details of the original owners of the building.


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