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Surat Fire Tragedy: FIR registered against 3 in Surat fire case; coaching centre owner arrested

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 25 May 2019, 10:23 IST

An FIR has been registered at the Surat’s Sarthana police station, after over 20 students were killed in the deadly fire incident in coaching centre in Takshashila complex, on Friday afternoon.

Three people including, builders of the complex- Harshal Vekaria and Jignesh, and the owner of the coaching centre Bhargav Bhutani have been named in the FIR. The owner of coaching centre has been arrested, says reports.

At least 20 schoolchildren were killed after a massive fire broke out in a multi-storey Takshila building in Sarthana area. the fire broke out at the third and fourth floor Takshashiila Commercial Complex. A coaching class was underway at the building.

Eye-witnesses claimed that there were around 50 students in the complex when the fire started. “There was smoke, I did not know what to do. I took the ladder, first helped the children get out of the place, managed to save 8-10 people. Later I managed to rescue 2 more students. The fire brigade came after 40-45 minutes,” an eye witness Ketan quoted saying by ANI.

Videos of the incident captured by the locals showed people jumping from the building. Local residents were seen helping in the rescue operation. "Around 10 students on the fourth and third floor jumped off to the ground to save themselves from fire and smoke," said a fire official.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an investigation into the incident. CM has also declared financial help of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of children who died in this incident, said Gujarat CMO office. Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel said they will check if the construction was illegal.

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First published: 25 May 2019, 9:57 IST