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Magisterial inquiry ordered into hotel fires, 2 arrested

Lucknow district administration officials also said that four hotels including the two hotels, which had caught fire, have been sealed.


A magisterial inquiry has been ordered and two persons arrested by Lucknow Police today in connection with the fire incident at two hotels here which claimed five lives.

Lucknow district administration officials also said that four hotels including the two hotels, which had caught fire, have been sealed.

City magistrate Vivek Srivastava said: "Four hotels including the two hotels, which had caught fire yesterday have been sealed in a drive undertaken today. The erring hotels were unable to present NOC (no objection certificate) pertaining to fire safety and other documents such as registration papers."

A major fire broke out at the two hotels in the busy area of the city yesterday morning, killing five people and critically injuring four.

The fire broke out at a hotel in the Charbagh area near the railway station here at a around 6 AM and spread to an adjacent hotel.

"We have arrested two persons. One of them was a manager in a hotel, while the other was a security guard on duty when the accident took place. Yesterday in the FIR, the owners, managers and guards on duty of both hotels were named," Superintendent of Police (Lucknow West) Vikas Chand Tripathi told PTI.

While one was the supervisor on duty at Hotel Virat, the other was the guard on duty at SSJ International at the time of the incident, police said.

The deceased have been identified as Mehar (one-and-half year-old) from Kanpur, Santosh Mane (35) from Pune, Priyansh Sharma (40) from Aligarh, Ganesh Prasad (45) from Patna and an unidentified woman, an official of Lucknow district administration said:

District Magistrate of Lucknow Kaushal Raj Sharma said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered for the Charbagh hotel fire incident to look into the reasons of the incident and submit report in a month.

Teams will be constituted in two days comprising the additional city magistrate, circle officer, municipal corporation, Lucknow Development Authority and Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration, he said

They will conduct inspection and inquiry at the buildings , hotels, restaurants, bars and nursing homes, he added.

He said the teams will see if the buildings were made according to plan and had no objection certificate from LMC and LDA, and whether they had the permissible electric load required to run their whole complex.

DIG (law and order) Praveen Kumar had said yesterday that the map of one of the hotels was not approved, while there was no staff to handle fire fighting equipment in the neighbouring hotel.

Cases have been registered against owners of both hotels under various sections of the IPC, he had said.

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


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