A Delhi court on Wednesday sent the owner of the firecracker storage unit in Bawana area in New Delhi, where 17 people were killed in a massive blaze, to five-day police custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Jitendra Pratap Singh allowed the Delhi Police to quiz 49-year-old accused Manoj Jain, who was arrested on January 21 in connection with the fire tragedy which took place a day before, till January 29.

Mr. Jain was produced before the court from judicial custody.

“Having considered the

submissions in light of the record, gravity of the incident which had led to unfortunate demise of 17 persons and injury of two others, this court is of a view that the investigating agency deserves every lawful opportunity to investigate the matter fairly.

“In these circumstances, this court allows and grants police custody remand of the accused Manoj Jain...,” the court said in its order.

The police told the court that the custody of the accused was required to nab the absconding co-accused Lalit Goyal.

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