New Delhi: Holding the state government and a private firm liable for the death of 14 people in a factory fire in January 2011, the Delhi high court has asked them to pay compensation to the families of those who died and those who were injured.

Justice Vipin Sanghi directed the government and M/s Amazing Creation Garment Export Factory, Tughlakabad, to pay compensation of Rs 7 lakh to 13 lakh (based on monthly salary drawn by the victims) to the families of seven workers who died in the accident and Rs 6.26 lakhs to those who were injured.

“Had the state been vigilant, the factory could not have been set up or operated in aresidential area. Fire protection mechanisms, proper fire escape, clear passages and ventilation would have been ensured. The firm would not have been permitted to store highly inflammable substances without licence. Neither of the respondents paid heed to these aspects, which is what led to the incident,” HC said.

The court said it is clear that the factory was carrying out “an inherently dangerous/ hazardous activity” and applied the principle of “strict liability”.

Courtesy: Times news network

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