people died in June 1997 when a fire broke
out at an upmarket cinema hall in the heart of the Indian
capital during the screening of a Hindi movie based on
a war between India and arch-rival Pakistan in 1971.
people later died in hospital. The fire at the Uphaar
Grand cinema was caused by sparks from transformers
housed in the theatres basement and
owned by the Delhi Electricity Board. Most of the victims
were asphyxiated as panic-stricken people tried to reach
dimly marked exits to escape the smoke and fire. On
Thursday, a two-judge bench ordered the payment of 1.5
million rupees (31,250 dollars) to the relatives of
the victims who were younger than 20 at the time of
tragedy and 1.8 million rupees (37,500 dollars) each
to those older than 20. The court also ordered compensation
of 100,000 rupees each to all those injured in the accident.