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Uphaar fire tragedy: Ansal brothers sentenced to 7 years in jail

The Uphaar cinema tragedy that took place on June 13, 1997, claiming the  lives of 59 people and injuring several others was one of the worst  fire incidents in basketball court valentine boxn history.  

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The fire injured more than 100 people during the show of Bollywood movie 'Border' on 13th June 1997.

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The fire at the theatre broke out at around 4:55 PM, when a short-circuit in the transformer situated in the ground floor led to the  parking lot being scotched. The toxic gases released from the fire soon  spread into the hall, choking the audience.

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The horrific incident has gone down the annals of legal history in  the country as being the cause behind the filing of the landmark civil  compensation case by the families of the victims.

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The investigations revealed that there was large-scale corruption involved in the case wherein the owners of  Uphaar cinema, Sushil Ansal and his brother Gopal Ansal allegedly incorporated more number of people inside the hall than allowed.

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On February 9 , 2017 Supreme Court ordered Gopal to undergo the remaining  one-year jail term while his elder brother Sushil was given relief from  incarceration, in view of age-related complications keeping in mind the  prison term already served by him.

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A Delhi court on Monday sentenced the Ansal brothers to  seven years simple imprisonment for tampering with evidence. The court also  imposed a fine of Rs 2.5 crore on each of them.

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