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Kamala Mills Fire: the lack of knowledge of evacuation programs put citizen in danger

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The incident clearly tells us that there is lack of awareness among people about how to react in such panic-stricken situation

Today, Mumbai woke up to a horrible news as the city that never sleeps was bracing itself to welcome the New year. The Horrid fire at Mojo Bistro bar at Mumbai’s Kamala mills gutted 14 young lives and injured 19 others.

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Kamala Mills has in the recent past become a go-to place for the millennials in the Mumbai. It also houses several media houses, restaurants and pubs. Located in South Mumbai, the place has become a hub for late night outings, parties and receives a considerably large footfall.

When the Mojo’s caught fire, nearly 150 people were inside partying. According to the Chief Fire officer, there was not enough equipment inside the room to take quick action. However, the owners disagree. In a statement, the owner said that they have all the necessary license and required documents.

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The BMC must answer why and how the license was issued when the pub did not arrange for enough equipment to deal with such inadvertent situations. According to a circular dated 7th February 2012, the buildings which fall in High Rise category should have minimum 15 meters wide entrance roads. The narrow passage of entry at the Mojo was clearly in violation of the guidelines.

But, the glaring detail we might be missing here is, how the most of the death happened. According to an eyewitness, “People ran towards the entrance as soon as they heard about the fire. Many people also ran towards the restrooms.” One of the firefighting officers said, “Most of the deaths happened due to suffocation. We found maximum dead bodies in the restroom.”

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The incident clearly tells us that there is lack of awareness among people about how to react in such panic-stricken situation. How many of us know what measures to take, how to conduct ourselves to escape the fire except for running? According to the circular, “Regular and periodic mock-up drills shall be undertaken by the Fire Department at least once in a year”. It further states, “Applicable guidelines of Fire Department National/State Disaster Management Authority shall be strictly followed by the developer and occupiers/Cooperative Societies.”

On the one hand, it is a case of sheer negligence; at the same time lack of understanding of the situation too played a role in the death of the people. While our civic bodies are to be blamed for the negligence; as a citizen, we must from now onwards take precautionary measures and create awareness.

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There should often be mock drills and people should be educated about how to evacuate safely and quickly in case of fire. In the above case, the people did not even know where the emergency door was. It is essential that in such situation presence of mind should be used instead of panicking and worsening the situation.

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Indrani Mukerjea files for divorce in a Mumbai court

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Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, jailed in the murder case of Sheena Bora, filed for a divorce in a Mumbai court today. Mukerjea who is the owner of a TV channel has been lodged in the women’s jail in Byculla since she was arrested in the year 2015.

Indrani Mukerjea stated that the marriage had “irretrievably broken down”, had sent a notice of divorce to Peter Mukerjea this year.

A CBI court had earlier this month rejected her request for bail quoting ill-health and a “threat” to her life in prison.

Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora from her first marriage was allegedly killed on 24th April 2012. The crime came surfaced after Shyamvar Rai, Mukerjea’s driver was arrested in another case in the year 2016 when he revealed an insider on it.

Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver were arrested for alleged murder.

Peter Mukerjea, her husband was arrested three months later after being allegedly part of the planning.

Mukerjea was sent to a hospital in June after she complained of chest pain. Months after her arrest, she was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state after a suspected case of drug overdose.

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Cops take out rally in Manipur to protest against mob violence

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

 

Imphal, Sep 18 (PTI) The Manipur Police Monday took out a rally from Moreh to Tengnoupal, along the India-Myanmar border, to protest incidents of mob violence in the state.

The “men in uniform”, numbering around 70 and led by Tengnoupal Superintendent of Police S Ibombcha Singh, was joined in by more than 500 volunteers of various civic bodies.

“The two-km peace rally – from Moreh police station to Tengnoupal district headquarters – was taken out to generate awareness about the need for maintenance of law and order in the society,” Ibomcha Singh told PTI.

A civil official, who did not wish to be named, said the peace rally was the first of its kind in the state.

The rally came four days after a 26-year-old man was lynched by an irate mob at Tharoijam area of Imphal West district on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter.

Local people had also set afire a car believed to have been used by “two of his associates”.

Five persons, including a havildar of India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been arrested in this connection.

The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were “present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended”, Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam had said.

While the sub-inspector was suspended, three other officers were terminated from their services.

Haobijam had also said that the Cyber Crime Unit was tracking individuals who had uploaded clips of the bleeding victim.

The lynching episode triggered sharp condemnations and sit-in protests by various social activists in the area.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

People in large numbers have also been organizing torch rallies here, demanding justice for the victim.

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Defence Minister approves procurement of military equipment worth Rs 9,100 crores

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The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

 

New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Defence Ministry Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 9,100 crore, officials said.

The procurement will include two regiments of Aakash missile systems, they said.

The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

The DAC also approved the design and development of test equipment for guided weapons systems for T90 tanks.

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