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Posted at: May 25, 2019, 11:41 AM; last updated: May 25, 2019, 3:14 PM (IST)

Surat tragedy: Coaching centre owner held; builders on the run

Surat tragedy: Coaching centre owner held; builders on the run
Smoke billows from the Taxshila Complex after a fire engulfed the third and fourth floor of the coaching centre, in Surat, Friday, May 24, 2019. — PTI

Surat, May 25

Police have arrested the owner of the Surat coaching centre in which a massive fire had erupted on Friday claiming lives of 20 people, mostly teenage students.

Two builders of the commercial Takshashila Complex in Sarthana area, the site of the inferno, are on the run, Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma told reporters on Saturday.

“Police registered an FIR under various sections (of the Indian Penal Code) against three people on Friday night. They are two builders and the owner of the coaching class. We have arrested one person. Twenty people have so far died in the incident,” he said.

The accused coaching class owner has been identified as Bhargav Butani, and the builders as Harshul Vekaria and Jignesh Paliwal.

“We have already arrested Butani. Hunt is on to nab the remaining two,” Sharma said.

A massive fire had engulfed the four-storey commercial complex in Surat.

Most of the victims included teenage students. While some of them died of suffocation, many due to injuries sustained after jumping off windows to escape the fire.

In a video clip of the incident, some young students at the Takshashila Complex can be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid plumes of thick smoke.

According to eyewitnesses, at least 10 students had jumped out to save themselves from the blaze.

The state government had ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident. PTI

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