NHRC says the Anaj Mandi fire in Delhi was a catastrophe waiting to occur, requests a detailed report
NEW DELHI: Describing the Anaj Mandi fire incident like a catastrophe waiting to happen, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices on Monday to the government of Delhi, the chief of police of the city and the Northern DCM and sought a detailed report in six weeks. They have learned from media reports that at least 43 people were killed in the Anaj Mandi area of Filmistan in central Delhi early Sunday when a fire caused by a short circuit turned a five-story building into a lethal gas chamber, said the rights panel.
Between 100 and 150 people slept when the fire broke out and most of the victims were drowned.
The commission has issued notices to the chief secretary of the Delhi government, the Delhi police commissioner and the commissioner of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). He has sought a report within six weeks along with measures taken against wandering officials, and details of help and rehabilitation provided to the families of deceased and injured people, he said in a statement.