Pune fireplace tragedy: Proprietor of firm in police custody until June 13


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A case of culpable murder not amounting to homicide was registered towards the proprietor of the agency – Nikunj Shah

The proprietor of SVS Aqua Applied sciences, who was arrested in reference to a hearth tragedy at his chemical plant close to right here which claimed 17 lives, was on Wednesday remanded to police custody until June 13 by a court docket in Pune.

A minimum of 17 employees, together with 15 girls, had been killed within the large fireplace at SVS Aqua Applied sciences’s plant, which producers chemical substances, together with chlorine dioxide (utilized in water purification), on Monday.

A case of culpable murder not amounting to homicide was registered towards the proprietor of the agency – Nikunj Shah – who was arrested on Tuesday and produced earlier than a Judicial Justice of the Peace ( First Class ) on Wednesday. He was remanded to police custody until June 13 by the court docket, stated an official.

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The prosecution informed the court docket the accused’s agency had stocked sanitizers with out the required allow and this warranted a probe.

“It was vital for the agency to take utmost precaution about sanitizer storage.


Nonetheless, the agency did not take sufficient security precaution and an investigation is required in that course,” stated the prosecution.

In search of custody, the prosecution informed the court docket the police want to research if the agency had knowledgeable the commercial security division and the well being division in regards to the inventory of sanitizers on the plant, situated within the Pirangut MIDC space of Mulshi tehsil on the outskirts of Pune metropolis.

An inquiry committee report has additionally identified that sanitizer aggravated the hearth whereas the darkish smoke attributable to sodium chloride burning made it tough for the victims to discover a manner out of the blaze-hit web site, it stated.

Inflammable uncooked supplies had been saved on the identical place the place the hearth broke out, the prosecution stated.

The Pune district administration had discovered 20,000 to 30,000 bottles of sanitizer within the agency’s stock. The chemical agency apparently used to supply sanitizer liquid from outdoors and promote them after re-packaging, officers had stated earlier.

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