Mayor claims her gaffe on Bawana fire is 'fake', blames AAP
North Delhi municipal corporation mayor Preeti Aggarwal, of BJP, on Sunday on Sunday issued a clarification after a video showing her cautioning her aides not to speak about the building in Bawana where 17 labourers died in a fire, because its license was with the civic body.
The video was shared widely on internet, with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, sharing it.
On Saturday evening, a fire broke out at a three-storey building in Bawana industrial area which killed 17 workers. Police have identified five bodies and have arrested owner Manoj Jain in connection with case.
Aggarwal had visited the spot to take stock of the incident.
However, the mayor denied the allegation and termed the video "fake". She denied giving such statements and demanded an apology from Kejriwal for sharing a fake video and politicising the incident.
''A video of me is being made viral on social media & has been re tweeted by CM as well. I only made some inquiry about the place from my co-workers & I meant we shouldn't say anything about such unfortunate incident at this time,'' Aggarwal said while speaking to ANI.
Aggarwal further said,''This industrial area is under DSIDC & land allotment has been done by Delhi government. They should at least see what work is being done there. Is making a fake video viral & confusing public is fair? It's condemnable & I expect Arvind Kejriwal Ji to apologise.''
Meanwhile, the police had said that an FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections relating to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible material. The maximum punishment under section 304 is 10 years.