Rajkot gaming zone tragedy: 7 officials, including cops, suspended

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The Gujarat government suspended six officials in response to the Rajkot game zone fire, as the High Court criticised the state for gross negligence and lack of necessary approvals.

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Debris being removed from the game zone site where a major fire on Saturday evening killed at least 27 people and injured three. (Photo: PTI)

Brijesh Doshi

Gandhinagar,UPDATED: May 27, 2024 18:51 IST

The Gujarat government on Monday suspended seven officials in connection with the Rajkot game zone fire that claimed 27 lives on May 25. It was found that there was "gross negligence in allowing the game zone to operate without necessary approvals", the government stated.

State Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said the officials were suspended based on the report submitted by the Special Investigation Team. The police have also taken some people into custody and 17 teams have been formed to arrest others involved, the minister added.

The process to complete the DNA verification of the victims is underway, and the families will be contacted soon, hopefully by Monday evening, the Home Minister added.

RAJKOT FIRE TRAGEDY: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

  • The government suspended Rajkot Municipal Corporation's town planning department assistant engineer Jaideep Chaudhary, assistant town planner for RMC Gautam Joshi, Rajkot Roads and Buildings department's deputy executive engineers MR Suma and Paras Kothiya, and police inspectors VR Patel and NI Rathod.

  • An FIR has been registered against six partners of the game zone and another accused on various charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Nitin Jain, the manager of the TRP Game Zone, and Yuvraj Singh Solanki, the owner of the game zone, are among the arrested people.

  • The Gujarat High Court came down heavily on the state authorities as it took suo motu cognisance of the fire tragedy. The court called it a "man-made disaster" and asked whether the Municipal Corporation had turned a blind eye to such a big structure coming up in its vicinity. It also said that the commissioners since 2021, when the game centre was set up, shall be held accountable and directed them to furnish separate affidavits.

  • Regarding identifying the bodies, the Home Minister said, the third cycle of DNA tests will be out today, and the government will contact the families with whom the DNA matches. More than 26 samples were collected, and a total of 55-56 samples are to be matched, he added.

  • Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inspected the fire site and instructed the departments concerned to take strict and punitive action against those responsible for such a serious incident. The state government has formed a Special Investigation Team and announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each deceased, while the Centre announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh.

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May 27, 2024