Uphaar Fire Tragedy: Builder brothers Sushil, Gopal Ansal awarded 7 years in jail

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Uphaar Cinema Hall fire case verdict (Image: Twitter/ANI)
Uphaar Cinema Hall fire case verdict (Image: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi : Businessmen brothers Sushil and Gopal Ansal have been awarded seven years in prison for tampering with evidences related to fire incident in Delhi's Uphaar cinema in 1997. 59 people were killed in the tragic incident.

Delhi’s Patiala Court has also imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 crores each on the businessmen brothers, who were convicted for tampering with the evidences last month. They have been sentenced today.

The Ansals were earlier sentenced to two years in jail and then were released by the Supreme Court with a fine of Rs 30 crore each.

Two other accused – Har Swaroop Panwar and Dharamvir Malhotra – died during the trial.

The fire at Uphaar cinema broke out during a screening of the war movie 'Border'. The fire safety plans of the theatre were not in place, and in the resulting chaos 59 people suffocated to death, while over 100 were injured in a stampede.

In June last year, amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court had asked the Delhi government about the construction status of a second trauma care centre in Delhi's Dwarka to be funded by the Rs 60 crore fine from the Ansal brothers.