Police in Binh Duong have launched legal proceedings against two former police officers for the charge of irresponsibility that caused serious consequences after an inferno killed 32 people at a karaoke venue in the southern Vietnamese province last month.
A source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday that the two indicted officers - Nguyen Duy Linh and Nguyen Van Vo - used to work at the fire prevention and fighting team under the public security division of Thuan An City, where the burnt-down An Phu karaoke parlor is located.
Vo has been kept in custody while Linh was released on bail, but is forbidden from leaving his residence.
Ten days after a fire broke out at around 8:15 pm on September 6 at An Phu karaoke parlor, causing the deaths of 32 people and injuring several others, the Binh Duong police arrested Le Anh Xuan, the 42-year-old owner of the three-story venue.
Xuan, who received a business license for the karaoke service in 2016, was prosecuted for violating fire prevention and fighting regulations.
Investigations showed that the fire started from a short circuit at the ceiling of the second floor, then empty, and spread to the third floor.
It took rescuers one day to take all the bodies out of the scene, while survivals said that they managed to jump off a balcony on the second floor to get to safety.
All past inspections concluded that the parlor met fire safety standards.