Crematorium roof collapse: 24 dead, many injured in UP's Muradnagar
Police have arrested three people, including a junior engineer and a supervisor after 24 people were killed and 17 others were injured when the roof of a crematorium in Uttar Pradesh's Muradnagar collapsed on Sunday.
The incident occurred when several people had taken shelter under the recently constructed structure as it rained. The dead, all of them men, were mostly relatives or neighbours of Jai Ram, who was being cremated at that time, officials said.
Police have registered an FIR against Junior Engineer Chandrapal, supervisor Ashish, EO Niharika Singh, contractor Ajay Tyagi and others. The FIR has been registered under Sections 304, 337, 338, 427 and 409 at the Muradnagar Police Station.
The local people were the first to arrive at the cremation ground in Muradnagar's Ukhlarsi village in Ghaziabad district, adjoining the national capital.
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted and expressed grief over the loss of lives.
PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the deaths. "I express my condolences to the near and dear ones of those who lost their lives in this accident, and also hope for a quick recovery of the injured," Modi tweeted in Hindi.
Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh as financial relief for the families of the victims. He also directed Meerut's Divisional Commissioner and Additional Director General of the police zone to submit a report on the incident.