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Police detain a leaseholder of a bakery where 2 persons died in blast

February 21, 2012, 11:04 UTC+3
Investigators detained the suspected leaseholder of the bakery where two persons died and another 11 were injured in gas cylinder explosions on Sunday
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MOSCOW, February 21 (Itar-Tass) — Investigators of the main department of the Interior Ministry for the Moscow region detained the suspected leaseholder of the bakery where two persons died and another 11 were injured in gas cylinder explosions on Sunday.

"The leaseholder has been detained under Article 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He was brought to the remand prison of the Dmitrov district for questioning," spokesman for the Interior Ministry's main department Yevgeny Gildeyev told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Police are looking into the legitimacy of the businessman's lease, as the documents he produced raised doubts, according to Gildeyev.

Three gas cylinders exploded in a two-storey building at the Gorki-25 cantonment in Moscow region's Dmitrov district on Sunday evening, killing two persons and injuring another 11. The explosion started a fire. The first floor of the building accommodated a shop, and the second - a bakery and a cafe. "Criminal proceedings were opened under Article 219 of Russia's Criminal Code "violation of fire safety rules, which resulted in the death of two or more persons by negligence."

On Monday, the Prosecutor General's Office /PGO/ reported that military prosecutors were finding out on what grounds the quarters had been leased to the businessman.

"Military prosecutors are checking the legitimacy of military officials' providing quarters to a business person. Prosecutors' reaction will follow after the supervisory measures," the PGO said.

It was ascertained at the initial stage that the building was in uncompensated use by the department of trade of the Moscow military district.

In September 2011, part of the building was handed over under the contract of provision of services to an individual entrepreneur, prosecutors said.

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