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More arrests in Surat fire tragedy

May 28, 2019

Last Friday afternoon, a coaching centre at the Takshashila building in Surat caught fire killing more than 20 children. Most of the victims were between age group of 14 to 20. Vijay Rupani, has asked authorities to conduct a detailed enquiry into the accident. Gujarat police have arrested three people in connection to the fire tragedy. Owner of the coaching centre Bhargav Butani was arrested earlier this weekend. Harshul Vekharia, who is the builder and Jignesh Paghdal, who takes care of the building, have also been arrested. Owners of the building are absconding.

Things like #Surat fire, bridge collapses etc. are killing innocent souls. Strict rules should be enforced regarding constructing structures & fire safety. There is need of giving equal attention 2 safety measures as we do in case communal peace-Shridhar, Twitter User

A shocking report stated how insecure the building was. None of the fire safety precautions were taken as well. The coaching centre owner used tyres for seats which caused the fire to spread quickly. Apparently, the coaching institute was just five feet high. In order to make room for students, the owner decided to use tyres that take up less space.

A team of police officers under the leadership of Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma is investigating into the case. Civic bodies across the state have formed teams to look into all buildings across the state that have not adhered to safety norms.

"The devastating fire at an illegal structure in Surat that claimed the life of 22 students @GovOfGujarat asked builders of more than 9K properties, including over 1k in city equip themselves with fire safety installation, tweeted Vikram Leo Singh.

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