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Mundka Building Did Not Have Fire NOC, Building Owner Absconding: Police 

As many as 27 bodies have been recovered from the building that caught fire yesterday evening so and twelve people have been injured in the accident.

Firefighters try to douse the fire that broke out in a building near Mundka metro station, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/ANI Pics Service)

New Delhi: Hours after the massive fire that broke out in a four-storey building near Mundka metro station in Delhi came under control, police said that the commercial building that caught fire on Friday evening did not had fire NOC and the building owner is absconding.

The police official said that the building owner has been identified as Manish Lakra.

“The building did not have a fire NOC. The owner of the building has been identified as Manish Lakra who lived on the top floor. Lakra is currently absconding, teams are on the job and he will be nabbed soon,” DCP Sameer Sharma (Outer District) told reporters.

“A total of 27 people have died and 12 are injured. We’ll take the help of the forensic team to identify the bodies. FIR has been registered. We’ve detained company owners. There are chances that more bodies may be recovered as the rescue operation is yet to be completed,” he added.

Meanwhile, the divisional officer of the fire department also informed that there was only one staircase due to which, people could not move out of the building.

“There was only one staircase and because of that people could not go out. The building did not have proper NOC (from the fire department),” said Satpal Bhardwaj, Divisional Officer, Fire Department.

Several people were reported missing after the fire accident on Friday evening. Panic gripped the kin of those who went missing after the fire mishap as they were unable to find their loved ones.

“We are searching for her (Yashoda Devi) but we didn’t find her. We got to know about the fire from one of my friends. We immediately reached here and looked for Yashoda everywhere, even in hospitals,” Govind, one of the family members told ANI.

“I got a call from Muskaan that a huge fire broke out in the building here. She requested to save her from the spot. We immediately reached her office and since then, we are not able to connect with her. We looked for her everywhere, every hospital, but failed to find her,” said Nargis, Muskan’s family member.

As many as 27 bodies have been recovered from the building that caught fire yesterday evening and twelve people were injured in the accident.

However, the fire officials informed that the Mundka blaze is now under control.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also reached the spot for rescue operations. A total of 50 people were rescued so far, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer District) Sameer Sharma.

Earlier in the day, on preliminary enquiry, it was found that it is a four-story commercial building generally used for providing office space for companies, the police said.

The fire broke on the 1st floor of the building which is an office of CCTV cameras and router manufacturing company. The owners of the company are in police custody.

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