17 killed in fire at plastic godown in Bawana Industrial Area

Pauline Gross
January 21, 2018

A man who was apprehended by the police in connection with the Bawana fire accident that killed seventeen people and injured two, has said that he took the factory premises on rent and was running it alone.

Firefighters were conducting search and rescue operations, he said, believing that some people could be alive beneath the rubble.

As per Media Reports, The fire was caught on the ground floor initially at around 6.20 p.m. on Saturday.Around 10 fire engines were at the spot immediately after the fire break out.The cause of the fire is yet to be known.The casualties are mostly laborers who reportedly found themselves locked inside the factory.

However, Delhi Police put the number of casualties in the incident at 4.

Meanwhile, Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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Delhi industries minister Satyendar Jain has ordered an enquiry into the case. The owners could face multiple charges for the lack of safety equipment such as extinguishers in the building used for storing highly inflammable fireworks. "We have recovered 17 bodies so far", said GC Mishra, director, Delhi Fire Services. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the death of people in the fire.

"Saddened at the loss of 17 lives in the Bawana cracker factory fire". Earlier, the police had said that Jain was running the unit in partnership with one Lalit Goel.

The fire started at the F-block of the industrial area, reported Times of India adding that the factory was packed with plastic pellets. Latest reports say fire has been doused and rescue operation is on.

North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal also visited the site and took a swipe at Kejriwal as the area falls under DSIIDC.

Other reports by GizPress

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