‘Ill-fated firemen were ordered to enter unsafe building’

  • Aman Dixit, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2014 12:03 IST

With the embers of the disastrous fire at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) building in Sector 17-B just about cooling down a week after the mishap, the task of fixing the responsibility of the death of two firemen on duty remains pending.

Now, a colleague of the two dead — Amandeep Singh Sidhu and Ravinder Singh— has alleged that senior of ficials issued orders for the two to enter the building, even as Sidhu was reluctant to do so.

Sachin Kumar, a team member of the deceased Amandeep Sidhu, has accused station fire officer of Sector 17 ML Sharma and Mangal Chand, the Sector 11 fire officer, of ordering the two juniors to go into the building.

He added that before the building collapsed, Aman had a brief conversation with Mangal Chand, who ordered him to lift the ladder and enter the building. “They could have been saved, had they not been asked to enter the building,” Sachin claimed, demanding that ML Sharma be kept out of the committee formed by the UT administration to probe the incident.


HT has now learnt that the fire tender rushed to the spot was not working. The faults had been duly recorded in the record books of Sector 11 fire station.

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