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Vidhyadhar Nagar Fire: Relatives vent anger on JMC probe committee members

Instead of wasting your time with useless investigation, you should fix the faulty system: Relatives of the victims

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February 1, 2018, 1:05 am

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A JMC committee visiting the house in Vidhyadhar Nagar where fire broke out. Image credit: Post staff

Jaipur: The relatives and neighbors of the five victims who were burnt alive in a devastating fire in Vidhyadhar Nagar sector – 9  five days ago vented their anger and frustration on the members of a JMC committee formed to investigate the incident.

They told the committee members that instead of wasting their time in useless investigation, they should fix the faulty system that caused the death of five people including three young siblings.

The house number – 39 in Sector – 9 where the fire broke out belongs to iron trader Sanjeev Garg. Sanjeev’s three children, father and the son of a brother-in-law were killed in the fire on January 13.

The JMC administration suspended three employees of the fire department, while chargesheets were served upon chief fire officer (CFO) Jalaj Dhasiya and assistant fire officer (AFO) Rajendra Nagar for the alleged negligence.

The family members and neighbors alleged the fire tenders didn’t reach the spot on time. The firefighting equipment were not in working condition, causing further delay in rescue operation. Had the rescue operation been launched on time, the five victims could have been saved, they alleged.

On Thursday, a JMC team comprising of additional commissioner Harsahay Meena, deputy commissioner (fire) Shipra Sharma, deputy commissioner (Vidhyadhar Nagar) Kavita Choudhary and others visited the house to record statement of family members and conduct a physical verification of the spot, but the family members didn’t allow them to enter the house.

“You better probe your system. Don’t waste your time here,” the family members rebuked the committee members.

Read more about the family: Jaipur: A family and its dreams that were charred to death in Vidhyadhar Nagar fire

First published: January 18, 2018