RI and Patwari attached to headquarters

Indore: Taking the Ranipura fire incident seriously, the district administration shunted out four senior officials of the area including the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Tehsildar, on Friday. Further action would be taken after the magisterial probe report.

The fire, which broke out on Tuesday afternoon, left a trail of destruction and also claimed seven lives. It is alleged that Dilip Fataka House, from where the fire began, had stored large quantity of firecrackers illegally.

Primarily, officials of the district administration and police had to keep a watch on storing of firecrackers there.

Prima facie, both the officials had failed to perform their duties. Residents and shopkeepers of the area also expressed their anger over the incident and said that despite several complaints, the police and administration did not take any action.

Taking the matter seriously, Collector P Narahari attached SDM of Central Kotwali Bihari Singh to the Collector’s office, Tehsildar Rajkumar Haldhar to Nazool branch and also attached Revenue Inspector Mithilesh Jharia and Patwari Akhilesh Pathak to the office of Land Records.

This step was taken with an eye on impartial probe.

In the mean time, additional charge of SDM of Central Kotwali has been given to SDM Ajit Shrivastava. Shrikant Sharma, Tehsildar of Hatod, would have additional charge of the area. Similarly, RI Victor Rodrix and Patwari Rajnibala Bairagi have been given additional charge of the area.

Taking steps against responsible officials of the area, the police department has line attached six officials including Town Inspector (IT) Chandra Bhan Singh Chhadar.

Cracker warehouse sealed

Search for illegally stored firecrackers in the city continued on Friday also. A joint team of district administration and police searched a godown in Lasudiya area, belonging to Sanjay Choudhay, who posses licence also.
SDM Shringar Shrivastava said the godown owner had a valid licnece but they will conduct a thorough search on Saturday to know whether firecrackers more than permissible limit is stored. In the meantime, they sealed the godown. Shrivastava said that if they found any discrepancy then action would be taken.

9 FIRs lodged against traders

Carrying out strict action against illegal cracker traders of Ranipura area, 9 FIRs have been lodged.

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