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Lucknow Hotel Fire: Two Owners, General Manager Arrested, Sent To Judicial Custody

The three accused, who were detained on Monday evening, were sent to judicial custody today by a local court, police said.

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District administration officials paste a notice after sealing a coaching centre following their inspection in wake of a recent fire incident at Levana Hotel, in Lucknow on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Day after a massive fire in a Lucknow hotel killed four and injured 10 others, two owners and the general manager of the hotel were arrested on Tuesday. The three accused, who were detained on Monday evening, were sent to judicial custody today by a local court, police said.

“The owners of hotel, Rahul and Rohit Agarwal, along with its general manager Sagar Srivastav were presented before the court of chief judicial magistrate. The court sent them to jail till September 19,” PTI quoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Aparna Kaushik as saying.

Following the fire, local authorities ordered the sealing and demolition of the four-storey building with “due process”.

The building was sealed on Tuesday, said Vice-chairman of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) Indramani Tripathi.

Lucknow Fire
Fire Brigade personnel try to evacuate people after a fire broke out in a hotel in Hazratganj area of Lucknow, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (PTI Photo)

A case was registered against owners Rahul Agarwal, Rohit Agarwal, Pawan Agarwal and Sagar Srivastava, general manager of the hotel, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), according to Joint Commissioner of Police Piyush Mordia.

Meanwhile, Lucknow Divisional Commissioner Roshan Jacob said the zonal officer had on May 7 sent a notice to the hotel, to which they replied on May 12, and presented the renewal (certificate) of the fire NOC (no objection certificate) from 2021 to 2024.

“The owners, however, did not provide any map of the building approved as a hotel to the LDA. A notice was issued by the zonal officer on May 26, and another on August 28 as no reply was given. In this regard, the hotel be immediately sealed as per law and then be demolished,” Jacob had said.