Chandigarh: On Saturday, three female students from SD college — Pakshi Grover (19), Muskan Mehta (22) and Riya Arora (19) burnt alive, while two others suffered injuries in a fire that broke out in an illegal paying guest accommodation at Sector 26, Chandigarh where they were staying.
The fire broke out in the afternoon around 3:50 PM and after struggling for an hour the firefighters douse the flames. All five were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where doctors declared dead ( Deceased Pakshi, Muskan and Riya ) while the other two who suffered minor injuries were admitted to the hospital. Both Famina and Jasmine, who suffered minor injuries, were discharged from the hospital late in the evening.
All the victims were aged between 19 to 22 years and fortunately, most of them were out of the house when the fire broke out. According to sources, almost 30 girls were staying in the house as Paying Guest.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested the house owner and booked Gaurav Bansal who ran the PG business. On February 5, 2019, Bansal was booked under Section 188 of the IPC for running illegal PG in some other house. He was subsequently held guilty by the court for violating DM’s orders and was also fined Rs 200 on November 30, 2019.
The Chandigarh Administration is doing investigations to find out the violations done by the PG owners.