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Candle lit protest for Mumbai restaurant fire victims

Justice still eludes families who lost loved ones, no compensation has yet been paid

Candle lit protest for Mumbai restaurant fire victims

Published: October 20, 2016 03:59 AM GMT

Over 100 people took part in a silent candlelit protest on Oct. 16 to observe the first death anniversary of the eight victims of a restaurant fire in Mumbai, India's commercial capital.

Family, friends and relatives of the deceased also took part in a march that was coordinated by social organizations, including Watch Dog and Bombay East Indian Association.

Of the eight dead, seven belonged to the Don Bosco College of Engineering and one worked as an engineer in a private firm.

"Not only did we lose them but we still don't even know the reason of the fire," Arantha Mascarenhas, a friend of one of the deceased said.

Justice still eludes the families who lost loved ones and to date no compensation has been paid.

The Hotel City Kinara, a Chinese restaurant, was a favorite eating place of the students from the college as it fitted within their budget. Police suspected that a gas leak along with a short circuit might have caused the fire.

 

People light candles to observe the first death anniversary of those killed in a restaurant fire in Mumbai on Oct.16. (Photo by Laveena Francis)

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