Delhi fire: hotel owner arrested

Delhi fire: hotel owner arrested

A view of the charred remains on the rooftop of Karol Bagh's Hotel Arpit Palace where a massive fire broke out, in New Delhi, on February 12, 2019. PTI

The owner of Hotel Arpit Palace in central Delhi's Karol Bagh was arrested from the airport here when he landed from Qatar, in connection with the massive fire which killed 17 people, police said on Sunday.

Rakesh Goel, who was flying from Qatar in an IndiGo flight, was apprehended on Saturday after the Delhi Police's Crime Branch received a tip-off about his arrival.

The immigration officials, who were alerted after a lookout circular (LOC) was issued against him, detained Goel and handed him over to the Crime Branch.

Seventeen people were killed in the hotel fire on February 12. The incident had prompted a massive inspection drive in the locality known for budget hotels, which led to the cancellation of fire safety licences of 30 establishments.