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Delhi News Highlights: At least 27 killed, several injured; PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh each for kin of deceased – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights: In one of the worst fire tragedies in the national capital’s recent history, at least 27 people died inside a four-storey commercial building near Mundka Metro station, in Outer Delhi, on Friday. With firefighting and rescue operations on until late Friday night, officials feared the toll could go up.
Reacting to the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.” Modi announced Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those who lost their lives, and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and said, “Shocked and pained to know about this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch with officers. Our brave firemen are tryingDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. President Ram Nath Kovind’s official handle too offered condolences: “Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka
Metro Station in Delhi.”
In one of the worst fire tragedies in the national capital’s recent history, at least 27 people died inside a four-storey commercial building near Mundka Metro station, in outer Delhi, on Friday.
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Reacting to the fire tragedy in Mundka that killed over 27 people Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
Modi announced Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those who lost their lives, and Rs 50,000 to the injured. 
Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the fire in Delhi. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 : PM @narendramodi

Gaurav, who is from Nangloi, was looking for his aunt, Soumya Negi, at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on Friday night, and had handed her details over to the police at the hospital. “She used to do packaging work at a company there. I have checked the emergency here, but she’s not there. We haven’t been able to figure out where she is…I have been very scared. Her son is on his way here from Patna,” Gaurav said.
Chandra Bhushan, his wife and other family members have been waiting at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital for hours.
Bhushan’s daughter Tania (26) works as a sales executive at the office.
“We received a call around 4.30 pm from Tania. She told me to call fire services and save her. I got scared and asked everyone to rush to the building. We kept calling her but her phone stopped working. We waited for hours and then came to the hospital. We don’t what to do now. Nobody is saying anything. Is she dead or alive? I couldn’t save my daughter. My wife keeps checking at the mortuary. We are all scared. Why couldn’t she be saved in time? What were the authorities doing?” said Bhushan.

Ismail Khan, a businessman, sustained injuries on his hand while trying to save his sister Muskaan (21). Muskaan works as a sales executive at the office.
“She called me around 4.30 pm and was crying. I rushed to help her. I told her to jump…told her I would catch her. She didn’t. Her phone’s not working now. I waited for 6 hours. Police are saying 30 bodies have been recovered. Is my sister one of them? I tried to go inside but a huge slab of glass fell on me. I saw employees trying to douse the fire with fire extinguishers but they weren’t working. I was helpless. My hand got hurt and fire services came an hour late because of traffic. Muskaan has been working at the office for 2 years now..most of her colleagues are females. The owner should be punished. No working fire extinguishers. No emergency escape…”
Vimla (40), who works in the assembling unit, told The Indian Express, “I was on the third floor when the fire broke out. There was chaos… we were screaming and crying. My friend took a chair and started breaking the glass windows from inside. I rushed to the stairs along with others but there was no space to leave. The fire engulfed everything. We were lost. The lift stopped working. In an hour, locals came to rescue us. They got ladders and ropes. Jo nikal paaya wo nikal gaya, baaki sab wahin. I was crying as everyone was fighting. I got scared and jumped from the window. I didn’t want to die. My son was waiting for me.”
She sustained burns and cuts on her hands. She hails from Uttarakhand and had shifted to Delhi for work.

The death toll in the Mundka fire rose up to 27 on Friday night, said DCP Sameer Sharma.
“We have detained company owners Harish Goel and Varun Goel,” said DCP Sameer Sharma. The DCP had earlier said the fire broke out at an office by the name Cofe Impex Pvt Lt. 
“Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, condoling the deaths  at Mundka fire incident. 
Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
At least 26 people were killed in fire that broke out at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Outer Delhi on Friday. Confirming that 26 bodies have been recovered so far, DCP Sameer Sharma (Outer) said the fire broke out at an office by the name Cofe Impex Pvt Ltd and the owner of the company has been arrested. Read more
Sameer Sharma, DCP (Outer) said the fire broke out at an office by the name Cofe Impex Pvt Ltd and the owner of the company has been arrested.  “On preliminary enquiry, it has been learnt that the building is a three-storey building and is a commercial building generally used for providing office space to companies. The fire started from the 1st floor of the building which is an office where CCTVs and routers are manufactured,” said Sharma
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Shocked and pained to know about this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch with officers. Our brave firemen are trying their best to control the fire and save lives. God bless all.”
President Ram Nath Kovind expresses condolences towards families of victims who died in the Mundka dire incident
Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish for speedy recovery of the injured.
Another video of the rescue operations that are underway at Mundka. 
Another video of the rescue operations that are underway at Mundka. Death toll is now at 20. Live updates: https://t.co/db9R89uauW #Delhi #DelhiFire #MundkaFire pic.twitter.com/sNxLvCC4qD
Rescue operations underway in the buidling that caught fire in Mundka.
Follow live updates on the Delhi fire rescue operations here: https://t.co/tij1yguap1#Mundka #Fire #LIVE pic.twitter.com/qfhwk8GoNd
Atul Garg, DFS Chief said, “It’s a massive fire. So far, we have recovered 20 bodies from 1st and 2nd floor. Teams are now trying to go to the 3rd floor for rescue. All bodies are charred.”
At least 16 people was killed in fire that broke out at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Outer Delhi on Friday, Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said. He added that the toll could go up as the fire continued to rage till Friday night and a rescue operation was still underway. During the day, Delhi Fire Services had sent 27 fire tenders to the spot. Garg had said at the time: “It’s a massive fire. Cranes are being used to go up and douse the fire. There’s no information on the rescue operation so far. We are waiting for details.”
At least 16 dead in a massive fire in Mundka, Delhi. Read more here: https://t.co/pyF9p6WBhG pic.twitter.com/JxVeAeLzTA
The office building in Mundka which caught fire.



At least 16 people was killed in fire that broke out at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Outer Delhi on Friday. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS), that pressed 24 fire tenders to service, has recovered 16 bodies from the spot so far. DFS chief Atul Garf said, “So far we have recovered 16 bodies and the number is likely to go up,” said Fire Chief, Atul Garg.
The Delhi High Court Friday questioned Sir Ganga Ram Hospital’s reluctance to release the frozen semen sample of a 30-year-old who died of cancer in 2020 to his parents.
“If the son is unmarried, you become the owner or what? Do you want a succession certificate? What is the legal impediment?” asked the court after the counsel representing the hospital argued that there are no guidelines for the release of semen of an unmarried man to his parents.
While listing the case for further hearing on May 30, the court asked the hospital to place on record an affidavit of the Director or any other responsible officer in respect of the policy they follow in such cases. Read more
In weather-related news, a heatwave spell is set to hit Delhi from May 13 to 15 with the maximum temperature likely to settle at around 44 degrees Celsius on Friday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. While a ‘yellow’ alert has been issued for Friday and Saturday, an ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Sunday, when the maximum temperature could increase to around 45 degrees Celsius.
A father-son duo was arrested for allegedly posing as officials of the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation and demanding Rs 4 crore from a resident in Gurgaon.
The complainant, Yashpal Batra, former senior deputy mayor in MCG, lodged an FIR at New Colony police station, alleging that the accused had filed false complaints against him stating that he had accumulated properties by illegal means.
Water supply is likely to be affected in parts of Delhi on May 13 on account of the water level depleting in the Yamuna river at Wazirabad, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
The level of water in the pond at Wazirabad has fallen from a normal level of 674.5 ft to 671.8 ft, affecting water production from the water treatment plants at Chandrawal, Wazirabad and Okhla, which draw water from the pond.
Referring to the recurring heatwaves in Delhi, teachers’ associations have appealed to various authorities that the ongoing camp in government schools during summer vacations be called off. However, education department officials said that these are required to address the students’ learning needs.
Summer vacations in Delhi began on Wednesday, and summer camps are being held in all government schools for classes III to IX from 7.30 am to 11 am.

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