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Sabotage by suspected lover suspected in fire in Indore building that killed 7

Seven people were killed and nine others injured in the fire (File)


A case has been filed against a 27-year-old man late Saturday night for allegedly causing a devastating fire at a three-story building in the Vijay Nagar area of ‚Äč‚ÄčIndore City, which claimed seven lives, police said. said.

Shubham Dixit, 27, the accused, allegedly burned down a vehicle belonging to a woman who rejected him, police said.

After setting the vehicle on fire in the building’s parking lot early Saturday morning, the flames spread and engulfed the building, a police officer said, adding that police had launched a search for Dixit.

Police earlier said the fire was caused by a short circuit on the ground floor. Referring to eyewitnesses, Vijay Nagar police station inspector Tehzeeb Qazi said a short circuit in the electric meter caused the fire that soon engulfed the vehicles in the parking lot before spreading to the floors above.

Eyewitnesses claimed firefighters arrived at the scene late.

Some residents even jumped off the balconies of their apartments or the terrace and rescued themselves, although they sustained injuries in the process.

Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, expressed sadness over the incident and ordered an investigation into it and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased. The fire broke out between 03:00 and 04:00 in the building in Vijay Nagar’s overcrowded Swarna Bagh colony area which now has approach lanes, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sampat Upadhyay said a couple, Ishwar Singh Sisodia and his wife Neetu Sisodia, were among the seven who died in the fire.

The couple lived in a rented apartment in the building while their new home was being built nearby, he said.

The deceased included another woman, who was identified as Akanksha, DCP Upadhyay said, adding that nine people were injured in the incident.

There were several apartments on the three floors of the building that were occupied, he said.

“After the fire broke out, the area around the building’s main door on the ground floor and the stairs shrouded in flames and black smoke, while the door leading from the third floor to the terrace became extremely hot, causing most some of the people were trapped inside the building. “Some people rushed to the balcony of their apartments to save themselves,” the DCP said.

Akshay Solanki, a spectator, said: “After that, two to three bodies were brought out of the building. They were charred beyond recognition.

He claimed that the fire brigade had reached out late. “If they had arrived on time, lives could have been saved,” he said.

Some videos that went viral on social media showed flames and thick smoke enveloping the building, causing sparks in the power cables with people crying and screaming for help before firefighters reached the scene.

It could be seen that local people were making vain attempts to put out the fire with buckets of water.

Inspector Qazi said firefighters had difficulty reaching the building due to the narrow alley.

Firefighters rescued the people trapped inside and brought the fire under control, he said. “They prevented the fire from spreading to nearby areas,” he added.

Most of the victims died as a result of suffocation, he said.

Prime Minister Chouhan said in a tweet: “I have ordered an investigation, culprits will be dealt with severely. Families of the deceased will be paid Rs 4 lakh each.” According to eyewitnesses, no fire safety setup was in place in the building.

When asked about this, Police Commissioner Mishra said an FIR would be registered against the owner of the building in terms of the Indian Penal Code section 304 (culpable homicide which does not amount to murder).

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