Updated May 29th, 2024 at 16:17 IST

Fifth Accused in Rajkot Fire Tragedy Kiritsinh Jadeja Arrested, Brother Still On The Run

Kiritsinh Jadeja's brother Ashoksinh Jadeja, who is also a co-accused in the case, is still absconding.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Rajkot game zone fire | Image:PTI
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Rajkot: One more accused Kiritsinh Jadeja, who leased the land of TRP Game Zone, on Wednesday has been arrested. Kiritsinh Jadeja's brother Ashoksinh Jadeja, who is also a co-accused in the case, is still absconding. On Tuesday, the prime accused in the Rajkot fire tragedy Dhaval Thakkar, who was on the run, was also arrested.

Apart from Kiritsinh and Dhaval, three, including the gaming zone owner, have also been arrested and sent to a 14-day police custody. The accused have been slapped with several sections of the IPC, including  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 offence is committed).

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Jadeja is among six partners of the TRP game zone named as accused in the fire incident and booked under various Indian Penal Code provisions, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

"We arrested accused Kiritsinh Jadeja near Rajkot last night, taking the total number of arrests made in the case so far to five," Gohil told news agency PTI.

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"Out of six persons named in the FIR, one Prakash Hiran has died in the fire. During examination, the DNA sample of one of the deceased matched with that of Hiran's kin, confirming his death," the official further told PTI.

The police had earlier arrested Yuvrajsinh Solanki, Rahul Rathod, Dhaval Thakkar, all game zone partners, and its manager Nitin Jain, as per officials.

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The blaze at the game zone on May 25 claimed 27 lives, with most of the victims charred beyond recognition.

Samples of all the deceased and their kin were collected for DNA analysis and sent for a forensic examination to Gandhinagar.

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As many as 25 bodies have so far been identified and handed over to the relatives, officials said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published May 29th, 2024 at 11:50 IST