Gautam Gambhir lashes out at Kejriwal government and system over Karol Bagh hotel fire tragedy

Former India captain, Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday lashed out at the system and the Kejriwal government of Delhi over the Karol bagh hotel fire tragedy. Condemning the deaths, Gambhir termed the Rs 5 lakh compensation announced by the Kejriwal government as “Band-Aid.”

“It’s so sad to see the callousness of regulators with regards to building laws being traded with a loss of human lives. This hotel is right next to the GGF office and I know first hand how parking rules, building laws are conveniently flouted for commercial interests. Disgusting,” he said.

“Surely a human life is worth much more than INR 5 lakh @ArvindKejriwal. It underlines what our machinery thinks about us, d common man. Compensation is merely a bandaid on an oozing wound whereas Delhi needs surgeries and it should begin with a systemic overhaul,” he further added.

17 people were killed when the fire broke out at hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh in Delhi on early hours of Tuesday. There were 150 occupants inside the hotel that was constructed 25 years ago. The fire was brought under control by about 12 fire engines at about 7 am on Tuesday morning.

Gambhir, who has always been very vocal about current affairs and issues around him, recently demanded life ban on the bunch of young cricketers who had orchestrated an attack on Delhi state selector Amit Bhandari. Following his advice, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma has decided to impose a life ban on the player Anuj Dedha besides starting a probe into all the complaints regarding selectors being pressurised to pick certain players.