FIR against Gir­gaum event or­gan­is­ers; fire dept to change rules

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MUM­BAI: Nearly two weeks af­ter a fire broke out dur­ing a Make In In­dia event at Gir­gaum, the Mum­bai po­lice on Fri­day filed an FIR against the or­gan­is­ers.

A de­fect in the elec­tric cir­cuit was the spark for the fire, which spread rapidly as a lot of com­bustible ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing LPG cylin­ders, were stored below the stage, the re­port filed by the fire brigade said. The re­port stated wil­ful neg­li­gence by the or­gan­is­ers caused the Fe­bru­ary 14 blaze that gut­ted the stage at the gala Maharashtra Night.

The spokesper­son for Mum­bai po­lice, Dhanan­jay Kulka­rni, con­firmed the FIR had been filed .

The Mum­bai fire brigade also said on Fri­day that it will start ask­ing or­gan­is­ers for an un­der­tak­ing if they want to use py­rotech­nics or fire­works dur­ing pro­grammes. A rec­om­men­da­tion for this was made in the fire bri- gade re­port.

The fire broke out dur­ing a dance per­for­mance, just a few feet from where gov­er­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray, and ac­tors Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan were seated.

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