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Rajkot fire: Gaming zone co-owner among those killed, police confirms today
Photo courtesy: Videograb of Rajkot gaming zone fire from X

Rajkot fire: Gaming zone co-owner among those killed, police confirms today

| @indiablooms | 29 May 2024, 01:02 am

Rajkot/IBNS: The massive fire at Gujarat's Rajkot, which claimed the lives of 27 including children, also killed one of the owners of the gaming zone TRS.

CCTV footage captured from the time of the fire showed Prakash Hiran present at the scene, and his car was found at the fire site.

Hiran's brother, Jitendra, filed a missing complaint claiming his brother was inside the gaming zone when the fire ripped through the complex.

The forensics department took DNA samples of his mother and confirmed on Tuesday that Prakash was also killed in the blaze.

Several bodies were burnt beyond recognition and the cops used DNA tests to identify the bodies.

Prakash, a partner in Raceway Enterprises, had 60 percent ownership in the gaming zone and was named an accused by the Gujarat Police.

Six people were named as accused in the First Information Report (FIR) by the police - Dhaval Thakkar, proprietor of Dhaval Enterprises, partners of Raceway Enterprises Ashoksinh Jadeja, Kiritsinh Jadeja, Prakash Hiran, Yuvrajsinh Solanki, and Rahul Rathod - had partnered to run the game zone where the fire occurred.

The police have already arrested Dhaval Thakkar from Rajasthan, who was on the run following the incident.

Yuvrajsinh Solanki, Nitin Jain and Rahul Rathod have been sent to two weeks of police custody.

They have been booked under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 337 (causing hurt by an act that endangers the life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt to a person by doing an act that endangers their life or personal safety) and 114 (someone present when the offence is committed).

As many as 27 persons, including children, were killed in a massive fire at the recreation centre on May 25. Since the bodies were burnt beyond recognition, the state government took the help of a forensic science lab to identify the victims through DNA profiling.

The gaming zone did not apply for a fire safety certificate till this year, the Gujarat High Court was told.

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