Two days after 27 people were killed inside a four-story commercial building near Mundka metro station, Delhi police arrested the owner of the building, officials said on Sunday.
Outer District Deputy Police Commissioner Sameer Sharma has confirmed that the fugitive owner of the building, Manish Lakra, was arrested by a squad after carrying out several raids in Delhi and Haryana.
Police said Lakra lived with his family on the top floor of the building that caught fire on Friday, and escaped by jumping onto the terrace of the building next door.
They said two brothers, Harish Goel and Varun Goel, rented three floors of the building for their business, which primarily manufactures, assembles and sells CCTV and WiFi routers. The Goel brothers were arrested on Friday evening.
Police said Lakra ran a real estate office on the ground floor and the Goel brothers rented the first floor to him in 2018. “In 2019 they took one more floor and in 2021 they took the third. floor… They paid Rs 1.2. lakh as rent, in cash, to the landlord, his wife and his mother,” a senior police officer said.
The building had only one exit and police discovered boxes were stacked on the stairs preventing people from getting out when the fire started on the first floor.
Delhi Fire Service (DFS) Chief Atul Garg said: “The building did not have a fire NOC (No Objection Certificate) and MCD clearance. It looks like the whole building was illegal.