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It has been confirmed that the co-owner of the Rajkot gaming zone died in the fire. Body identified: Police

It has been confirmed that Prakash Hiran, one of the owners of the TRP gaming zone in Rajkot, Gujarat, died in the fire that broke out at the facility on Saturday, killing 28 people, including several children.

A police team on Tuesday visited the Rajkot game area, where at least 28 people died in a fire on Saturday. (PTI)

The identification was made through DNA tests, which compared samples from the remains found at the scene with those of Prakash Hiran’s mother. Hiran was also one of the main accused in the incident.

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A senior police officer said Hiran’s body was handed over to his family this morning after final identification. “Prakash Hiran was the main shareholder of TRP Game Zone, holding over 50% of the share capital. The family received his body this morning,” the official added.

The incident came to light when Prakash’s brother Jitendra Hiran filed a petition with the police informing about his brother’s disappearance after the fire. In his complaint, Jitendra stated, “There was no contact with Prakash after the fire, all phone numbers were switched off and Prakash’s car was found at the fire site.”

CCTV footage from the time of the fire further confirmed Prakash Hiran’s presence at the gaming center during the tragic incident.

“About 24 bodies have been identified as of Tuesday evening after DNA testing and matching,” the official said.

TRP Gaming Zone is located at Nana-Mava in Rajkot. The fire is believed to have been caused by welding work being carried out at the facility, which did not have a no-objection certificate from the fire department and had only one entrance, leaving many guests trapped inside. Several liters of gasoline and diesel were collected in the zone, which escalated the situation.

In a statewide crackdown, the government closed 20 gaming zones in eight urban areas due to lack of necessary permits. An additional 80 gaming zones were “temporarily closed” because authorities could not with complete certainty that they were following citizen safety protocols.

A first information report (FIR) has been lodged at the Rajkot Taluka police station against Hiran and five others under Indian Penal Code sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or safety of other people), 338 (causing serious harm to someone by an act that threatens their life or personal safety).