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New Footage Of The Tragedy At Rajkot’s Game Zone that killed 27 Emerges

Fire at Rajkot’s Game Zone that killed 27 was a horrific tragedy with numerous instances of omission and throwing safety to the winds. The police stated that the gaming zone did not have the required fire safety clearance from the city’s municipal corporation at the time of the incident.

New footage of the tragedy has revealed the exact moment when the fire started at Rajkot’s Game Zone during welding activities. The fire claimed the lives of 27 persons, including four children, at the TRP Game Zone. The welding threw sparks which were fueled by highly inflammable materials in the game zone, turning the fire into an inferno. The video, which was posted by PTI, also shows several people trying to remove the combustible items from the vicinity. The fire started on the first floor of Rajkot’s Game Zone.

Investigation has revealed that highly inflammable articles like thermocol sheet partitions, fuel, fiberglass shades, and tires were kept at the site, which fueled the inferno. Police also said that the gaming zone had firefighting equipment, but the action taken to control the fire was not sufficient.

Speaking to media persons, Rajkot Police Commissioner Raju Bhargava revealed that a booking license was given to the gaming zone in November 2023, which was renewed for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2024.

The Police Commissioner said, “The game zone had received permissions from the roads and buildings department. It had also submitted proof of fire safety equipment to obtain the fire NOC, which was under process and not yet completed.”

Police have taken into custody the owner and partner of the Rajkot-based TRP game zone, and its manager, charging them with culpable homicide. The arrested included Dhaval Corporation proprietor Dhaval Thakkar, Raceway Enterprise partners Ashoksinh Jadeja, Kiritsinh Jadeja, Prakash Chand Hiran, Yuvrajsinh Solanki, and Rahul Rathod.

Rajkot’s Game Zone had a ticket price of Rs 500. However, on the day of the tragedy, the prices were slashed to Rs 99, which led to a deluge of people.

Efforts are on to identify the victims by their DNA since most of the bodies were burnt, making it difficult to ascertain the identity of the victims. Rajkot Collector Prabhav Joshi said DNA samples were sent to Gandhinagar for analysis.

The Gujarat High Court also took cognizance of the fire tragedy and labeled it a man-made disaster. The bench also said that such facilities have come up without the necessary clearance from the authorities.

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