Fire at Make in India Event: Probe To Look into Sabotage Angle


FirecrackersAfter a massive fire broke out at the Make in India event in Mumbai on 14 February, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into all possible angles that caused the accident. The investigation will look into the cause of the enormous fire that engulfed the entire stage during a performance and all aspects will be probed, including the sabotage angle. An inquiry has already been started by the fire brigade authority.

No casualties were reported from the site of the incident at Girgaum Chowpatty which was cleared within minutes.

Several eminent personalities including, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao,  and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, were present at the event when the blaze broke out during a Lavani performance on the stage at 8:15 pm. At the time, around 10,000 people were present at the venue.

Fadnavis told the media that the fire was immediately brought under control and people were evacuated while traffic management allowed early dispersal without any trouble. He also said that a comprehensive inquiry will be conducted to figure out the reason behind that blaze, which will be ascertained by a fire audit.

RTI activist, Anil Galgali, has alleged that the cultural event, marking the launch of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India in the city, lacked safety arrangements. He said, Mumbai Police and Fire Brigade should lodge FIR against the event organiser for negligence.

Meanwhile Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd, who are one of the event organizers, stated that prior to the event all safety checks and audits were conducted and prescribed norms were followed. Further, the organizers stated that they are grateful to Maharashtra government and Fadnavis and their team for the help as they stayed at the venue right till the end in order to ensure proper evacuation of people from the venue and reviewed the site in detail after the fire was doused.