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Bawana fire: Factory owner, six others chargesheeted

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday filed a charge sheet in a city court against the owner of a firecracker factory in northwest Delhi, where 17 people were killed in a massive blaze earlier this year.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gagandeep Singh, before whom the police filed the document, took cognisance of the 800-page charge sheet and summoned factory owner Manoj Jain, co-owner Lalit Goyal and five others as accused before it on April 4.
A fire had broken out in the storage unit on the ground floor of the two-storey building in Bawana area on January 20 and engulfing the entire structure. Of the 17 killed, 10 were women. A man and woman were also injured in the incident.
Besides Manoj and Lalit, five other persons named as accused in the charge sheet are Surjeet Goyal, Girish Rathore, Sangeeta Vijay Yadav, Uma Mittal and Brij Bhushan Sood.
Surjeet and Girish were business partners of Manoj and Lalit in another factory in Bawana, while accused Uma had rented out the factory premise to Manoj, police said, adding that accused Sangeeta had provided chemical products including acid to Manoj.
While Manoj and Lalit are in judicial custody since January 31, Surjeet and Girish were earlier granted bail, while Sangeeta, Uma and Brij were never arrested.
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