Carnival crash: probe report will take longer
The investigation report into the incident where a carnival ride at the Mohali trade fair broke down, injuring at least 15 people, will take a few days as the four-member committee that investigated it failed to submit the report on Wednesday.
The committee needs to clarify some things, which would take at least another day, officials said.
The three defendants in the case, Mukesh Kumar, Gaurav and Arif, were released on bail on Wednesday after the end of their one-day police custody. The defendants were convicted under sections 323 (assault), 341 (forcible confinement), 337 (causing injury to any person by doing an act so reckless or negligent as to endanger the life of another) and 287 (negligent operation of machinery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The sections under which the defendants were incarcerated were subject to bail.
Police said the hunt was on for other defendants, including some bouncers who allegedly assaulted people on site when the incident took place on the night of September 4 at the Dussehra Phase VIII ground.
Sources said the committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Amninder Kaur Brar, found shortcomings on the part of some departments and the carnival organizer. The committee had seen on the ground that there were no first aid facilities or proper exits at the site, which led to chaos after the incident. Some people had also alleged that they had not been taken care of by the staff on site.
The Board of Inquiry, sources said, found the ride collapsed after one of the four hydraulic wires holding it broke.
The ride crashed from a height of approximately 50 feet. After the incident, organizer Mukesh Kumar fled the scene.