Police arrested the owner of the firecracker unit in Mudhalipatti near Sivakasi on Sunday, who was on the run for the past four days after the accident that killed 38 people and left more than 70 injured.
Murugesan, who had been absconding since the incident, was arrested by a special police team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Virudhunagar District) Ramamoorthy near a temple.
Investigations have confirmed that the factory was operating illegally and had been inspected less than 24 hours earlier and ordered to close temporarily due to violations.
It had been inspected less than 24 hours earlier and ordered to close temporarily due to violations. But the factory owners did not comply, a decision that clearly proved fatal. Almost 300 people were inside the plant when the tragedy occurred, 37 died and several others were injured in the blaze.
Murugesan was taken to Soolakaraipatti police station and interrogated in connection with the accident and the violations in the cracker unit. He is likely to be produced in the court on Monday.
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