Investigation into the Nand Nagri fire tragedy, which claimed the lives of 18 eunuchs, has revealed that the local police was unaware about the huge gathering at the community centre.
Eunuchs from across India and some neighbouring foreign countries had come to participate in a function, scheduled to start from November 21.
It has been learnt that the organisers of the congregation had obtained permission from the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to hold the meet and had also written a letter to the deputy commissioner of police (north-east), seeking permission.
In the letter, accessed by Hindustan Times, the organisers had declared that their All-India level congregation would start from November 21 and conclude on December 2.
“Eunuchs from across the country and neighbouring countries would attend the meet. They would also carry out a procession on two days. Keeping in view the huge gathering of eunuchs and their security, it is being requested to deploy six police personnel at the venue from November 21 to December 2,” stated the letter, which was posted at the deputy commissioner of police’s office in September itself.
Though the permission for the congregation was sought from November 21, the organisers erected a huge pandal consisting of inflammable items, without giving heed to fire safety arrangements.
Around 1,000 eunuchs arrived two-three days prior to the scheduled date and this made the organisers start the function from November 19, informally. Moreover, the local police didn’t bother to check the norms being flouted by organisers.
BK Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police (north-east district) said, “Security arrangement was requested from November 21. It made no sense to deploy our personnel before the scheduled date. Meanwhile, investigation is on and the guilty persons will be punished.”