Owner of New Delhi Arpit Palace Hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on February 19th, 2019

New Delhi, India: Indian authorities say they have arrested the owner of a New Delhi hotel where 17 people were killed by a fire.

Police say Arpit Palace Hotel owner Rakesh Goel appeared Sunday in court, which ruled that police could take him into custody for questioning.

Two hotel managers have been in custody on suspicion of culpable homicide since last Tuesday’s fire.

17 killed in fire at New Delhi hotel: Police
Authorities say the building had an unauthorized rooftop kitchen, which a video showed was engulfed in flames.

Police say most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. Deputy Police Commissioner Rajesh Deo said two people jumped from the six-storey hotel to their deaths.

Deo said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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