Delhi Police on Tuesday granted one-day custody to three people, including the building owner, as part of an investigation into a massive fire that killed 27 people in Mundka, outside Delhi, officials said.
Of the 18 injured, at least 10 recorded their statements. They also said that the statements of witnesses were being recorded.
Manish Lakra, owner of a Delhi court building, and his two brothers – Vijay and Harish Goel – have been remanded in police custody for one day for further investigation – who rented two floors of the building to run their business, a senior police official said.
“We need to collect blood samples from our brothers – Vijay and Harish Goel. Also, we need to know their background, company details and the permissions they have taken from the concerned authorities, ”said Samir Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer).
Sharma said police have not yet been able to verify Lakra’s documents.
The officer said police were asking the concerned authorities, including the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, to provide building and business documents for investigation.
The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has received more than 100 exhibitions. We’ve formed multiple teams for DNA testing … Now that we’ve got the samples, we’re moving forward with the whole process of DNA profiling. As it is a complex process, it takes time, ”said a senior FSL official.
DNA sampling usually takes one to two weeks. It also depends on the condition of the sample, the official said.
Lakra was arrested from Ghevra mode on his way to Haridwar in Uttarakhand on Sunday, two days after the incident.
He was running a real estate business and also owned a store on the ground floor of the building, police said, but his family members have not yet been found.
Lakra lived in a two-room kitchen with his mother, wife and two children on the fourth floor of the same building. They were able to escape to a nearby building when the fire broke out, police said earlier.
A firm that manufactures and assembles CCTV cameras and routers is suspected to have caught fire and has been working on the building since 2017.