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Delhi Police registers case under IPC Sections 304, 308

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Delhi Police has registered a case under IPC Section 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in connection with the fire that broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh earlier today. According to reports, the city police has also added Section 308 of IPC (attempt to commit culpable homicide).

Meanwhile, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said the emergency exit of the Arpit Palace hotel was ‘too narrow’ and also locked. Alphons, who visited the site of the tragedy, said he was sure that there would be violation of norms. The minister said there were a lot of wooden structures inside, which may have helped the fire spread.

“When I headed to the emergency exit, I found that it had been locked yesterday (last night). Also, it was too narrow. Obviously, even if people came to the emergency exit, they could not have escaped as it was too narrow and it was locked anyway,” he said.

Alphons said he spoke to the Mayor and asked him to check whether all regulations were in place and to take immediate action if there was any lapse on the part of the hotel management. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the dead.

In the wake of the incident, the Delhi Government has also ordered cancelation of an event to mark the fourth-anniversary celebration of the AAP government in Delhi on Tuesday. “Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ordered cancellation of today’s event owing to the Karol Bagh hotel fire incident,” a senior government official said.

Bollywood singer-composer Vishal Dadlani was to perform during the event to be held at Talkatora Stadium.