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Delhi CM orders probe into Zakir Nagar fire incident

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ordered a probe into the southeast Delhi's Zakir Nagar fire incident in which six people, including three children, were killed and 13 were injured. He also announced Rs five lakh compensation for families. Kejriwal, who visited the spot where the fire broke out, said all lapses behind the massive fire will be probed.

"Delhi government will provide a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the families of those who have lost their lives and Rs two lakh each to the injured. The government will also ascertain the exact cause of the fire and all efforts will be made that there is no repeat of such incidents," the Chief Minister said.

CM Kejriwal said he has been told prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be short circuit, but it will be probed and strict action will be taken if any negligence or lapse is found. Responsibility will also be fixed, he said.

"A very bad incident of fire took place on Monday night, in which six persons lost their lives and 11 were injured, who are currently admitted in the Holy Family Hospital. The Fire Department managed to bring the fire under control, but the lives of six persons could not be saved," the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Vijender Gupta demanded a judicial inquiry into the fire incident at Zakir Nagar. He said, "All the facts about the incident must come forward so that recurrence of such incidents could be prevented." He visited the fire-ravaged building and met the bereaved families and those injured admitted in the hospital. Gupta slammed the AAP government for its inaction and dereliction of its responsibilities to prevent such incidents.

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