Delhi hotel fire: Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh ex gratia for kin of deceased

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the people who lost their lives in a major fire in a central Delhi hotel.

“We have ordered a magisterial enquiry. We will try to know the cause of deaths in the fire and violations if any of the building laws,” Kejriwal told the media after visiting the hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh where 17 people were killed and 2 injured in a massive blaze in the early hours of Tuesday.

“Local MLA and officers have told me that there are many hotels violating the norms in the area. We are investigating how this hotel got NOC and if it violated the norms,” the Chief Minister added.

In the wake of the fire accident at Hotel Arpit Palace today, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has cancelled the celebrations of completing four years in government.

“Due to the tragic fire incident in Karol Bagh where several people have lost their lives, today’s Vishal Dadlani’s program scheduled for this evening (12 Feb) in Delhi, stands cancelled. Our heartfelt condolences for the grieving families,” Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted.