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NHRC says Delhi Anaj Mandi fire was catastrophe waiting to happen, asks for detailed report

Relatives of Anaj Mandi fire victims wait outside the mortuary at Maulana Azad Medical College hospital, in New Delhi on December 9, 2019.

Relatives of Anaj Mandi fire victims wait outside the mortuary at Maulana Azad Medical College hospital, in New Delhi on December 9, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

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The National Human Rights Commission issues notices to authorities over Delhi Anaj Mandi fire

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on December 9 said it appeared that the authorities had not learnt any lesson from previous fire incidents, leading it to issue notices to the Delhi government, police, municipality and Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry over Sunday’s fire in Anaj Mandi in New Delhi.

The building that housed several illegal manufacturing units and warehouses had one narrow entrance and was poorly ventilated, it observed. A fire broke out early on December 8 morning, leading to the deaths of 43 people.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, the NHRC issued notices to the Delhi government Chief Secretary, Delhi Police Commissioner and North Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner asking for reports in six weeks.

The NHRC also issued a notice to the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry Secretary, “with the expectation that a committee of experts may be formed to look into the matters relating to the violation of norms by the building owners/shopkeepers/individuals/firms, who are conducting commercial activities in the residential areas by encroaching public roads in connivance with public officials of different agencies”.

“The Commission has observed that it seems the authorities have not learnt any lesson from the tragic incidents occurred in the recent past and incident like Anaj Mandi fire catastrophe was waiting to happen,” the NHRC said.

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