Building collapse in Ghaziabad: Firecracker factory owner, stockist arrested

Ghaziabad police on Monday said they arrested a 44-year-old man from Farrukh Nagar who was supplying materials used to make illegal firecrackers to the man whose rented building in Roop Nagar in Loni on Saturday. The morning collapsed after an explosion, in which three child laborers were killed. and injured four women.

Local people and NDRF personnel are conducting a rescue operation in Rup Nagar of Loni in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Saqib Ali/HT Photo)

On Sunday, the police had confirmed that materials for making illegal firecrackers were kept in the building. The police had earlier lodged a First Information Report (FIR) on their own initiative against the tenant of the building, 22-year-old Muhammad Shariq, who allegedly manufactured illegal crackers and killed women and children in the process. He was employed. Shariq was arrested on Sunday evening.

Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit murder), 336 (hasty and reckless act endangering human life) and 427 ( A case was registered under (causing damage). As well as imposing the provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.

“After extensive questioning, Shariq revealed that he procured the material for the illegal manufacture of crackers from a stockist, Vikas Goyal, 45, who is associated with a nearby fireworks manufacturing hub in Farrukhnagar. At the base, our teams raided Goyal’s premises and recovered a large quantity of material used in the illegal manufacture of crackers. Goyal was arrested on Monday and an FIR registered against Shariq under the Explosives Act. A case was registered under the provisions,” said Vivek Chandra Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rural).

According to the Somoto FIR registered by the Loni police, an LPG cylinder burst during work in a rented building in Sharq, setting fire to firecrackers and explosives, which resulted in work on the spot. People were severely burnt and others were injured.

Seven people were injured, identified as 36-year-old Shaista Parveen and her two daughters, 15-year-old Alisha and 14-year-old Aleena, 18-year-old Noori, 30-year-old Geeta Devi, 15-year-old Muhammad Imran and 38-year-old Mahvis Khatun.

Alisha, Aleena and Imran died on Saturday, while the other four are still undergoing treatment at Delhi’s GTB Hospital.

“A large number of burnt firecrackers were recovered from the spot, and it appears that Shariq employed children and unskilled women for the illegal manufacture of firecrackers. According to the FIR, he employed unlicensed, skilled labour. , or was preparing crackers for any security measures.

Farrukhnagar, which is just 5-6 km from Rupnagar, was once home to around 200 different traditional and labor-intensive manufacturing units that sold traditional firecrackers before the introduction of green crackers. District authorities have not renewed the units’ licenses in response to legal directives regarding traditional fireworks, which contribute to high levels of pollution.

In October 2018, the Supreme Court ordered that only “green crackers” with low emissions and sound levels within permissible limits be sold and used. The court also set a time limit for fireworks on Diwali from 8 pm to 10 pm.

The court’s order came in response to increasing air pollution in Delhi and the national capital region.

Since then the units in Farrukhnagar have been closed.

“Many of these unit owners are believed to have shifted to nearby areas. Goyal is one such stockist who is suspected of supplying raw materials for fireworks to several people, including Shariq. “Our teams are trying to get additional information from Goyal to nab those who bought the material from him. Shariq had procured the material from Goyal and was manufacturing illegal crackers since last month. ,” said DCP Yadav.

According to police officers involved in the case, Goyal owned several shops and businesses in Farrukhnagar and stocked materials used to make firecrackers.

Goyal also told the police that he obtained such material from a key source in Haryana, according to investigators, who added that investigations are currently underway.

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