Rajkot Fire Officials Arrested For Blazing Corruption Scandal

Chief fire officer Ilesh Kher and Deputy CFO Bhikha Theba of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation were arrested for their involvement in the TRP Game Zone blaze that killed 27 people. The officials were accused of negligence and failing to ensure fire safety measures.


PTI | Rajkot | Updated: 22-06-2024 21:25 IST | Created: 22-06-2024 21:25 IST
Rajkot Fire Officials Arrested For Blazing Corruption Scandal
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In a significant development, the Chief Fire Officer Ilesh Kher and Deputy CFO Bhikha Theba of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation were arrested on Saturday. The arrests are in connection with the tragic blaze at the TRP Game Zone on May 25, which tragically claimed 27 lives, including several children.

Another arrested individual, Mahesh Rathod, had supervised the fabrication work at the ill-fated Game Zone. The authorities disclosed that Theba was already incarcerated on related corruption charges, and his custody was obtained via a transfer warrant. This brings the total number of arrests to 15 in connection with the fire incident.

The accusations against Kher include not verifying if the unit had a valid fire NOC certificate or adequate firefighting equipment. Rathod faces charges of negligence in his supervisory duties, particularly in ensuring safety during welding work. Additionally, Town Planning Officer MD Sagathia, currently suspended and facing disproportionate assets charges, was also apprehended earlier.

The detained individuals are booked under Indian Penal Code sections, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, causing grievous hurt, forgery, and criminal conspiracy. Investigations revealed that the game zone was operating without a no-objection certificate from the fire department, further compounding the tragedy.

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