Delhi shoe godown fire: Police recovers another sample of human remains

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New Delhi, Jun 30 (PTI) A sample of human remains was recovered on Wednesday from a two-storey shoe godown in west Delhi's Udyog Nagar where a massive fire broke out last week, police said.

The fire broke out in the building, where shoes were assembled and packed for sale, on June 21. Thirty-five fire tenders and around 140 firefighters were pressed into service to douse the blaze.

Six workers of the shoe godown are missing while raids are being conducted to nab the godown owner, Pankaj Garg, who has been missing since the day of the incident, the police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Parvinder Singh said, 'On Wednesday, a sample of human remains was collected from the second floor of the building. A mobile phone was also recovered from the spot which belongs to one of the missing workers, who has been identified as Sonu by his brother Akhil.' He said the search operation is still underway in the building to identify more victims.

On June 25, a team from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Rohini had collected three samples from the spot that included debris from the ground, first and second floor of the building, the police said.

On the same day, a sample of human remains was also recovered from the spot. It has been preserved at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, a senior police officer said.

On June 27, four pieces of small bones were found by the FSL team and handed over to the police. On 28 June, another sample of human remains was found on the second floor of the building, he said.

On Tuesday, three different human traces were recovered from the second floor, he added.

So far, mobile phones of two missing workers, who have been identified as Shamshad and Sonu, have been recovered from the spot. Search operations are underway, the police said. PTI AMP DIV DIV

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