Owner of the firecracker unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area, where a massive fire broke out yesterday killing 17 people and injuring two others, was arrested by the Delhi Police on Sunday. Manoj Jain, the owner of the unit who was taken into custody late on Saturday, was arrested today, said Rohini Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajneesh Gupta. Gupta added that a case has been registered. The industrial area recorded three fires on Saturday - the first around 4 pm in a carpet manufacturing company in Sector 1, the second in the firecracker unit in Sector 5, and the third in Sector 3 at 7.30pm.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered an inquiry into the fire while announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to injured. Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari on Sunday defended North Delhi. North Delhi Mayor Preeti Aggarwal, who was caught on camera cautioning the officials from speaking against the firecracker factory fire in Delhi's Bawana Industrial Area, calling the video "fake".
"Preeti Aggarwal was asking the officials under whom does the factory come. The conversation is not clear, only 'factory' is clear. People are trying to make that fake video viral at a sad time just to blame the BJP", he said. The Delhi BJP chief also hit out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for re-tweeting the video and sought his apology "for such low-level politics in the time of despair". Another BJP leader OP Sharma also said that the matter should not be politicised and priority should be to provide relief to the people.