The Apex Court also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pay an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh to the seriously injured victims.

The Supreme Court has given the commission time tile January 31, 2005 to submit its findings in the report.

On April 10, 2006 a major fire broke out in a consumer mela in Meerut’s Victoria Park. The inferno had reportedly started due to a short circuit as it tore through three stalls at the Brand India fair where several MNCs were showcasing their products.

Around 500 people were trapped in the blaze when the fire started and around 2000 were present in the fair. The inferno was followed by a stampede that also resulted in a rise in the number of casualties and injuries.

A high-level probe was ordered after the fire accident by then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh – Mulayam Singh Yadav into the matter.

It was reported at that time the fair organizers had failed to obtain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department before organizing such a big event. It pointed out towards official involvement in circumventing safety clearances.

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