The Delhi government on Sunday ordered a probe into the fire incident in Anaj Mandi area here and sought a detailed report within seven days. Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot directed district magistrate (central) to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within seven days. During his visit to the site, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
The fire incident in a three-storey building has claimed more than 40 lives and injured more than 50 people, most of them labourers.
Kejriwal also announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to be given to families of those dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. The expense of medical treatment of those injured to be borne by the government.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: It is a very sad incident. I have ordered a magisterial inquiry into it. Compensation Rs 10 lakhs each to be given to families of those dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. The expense of medical treatment of those injured to be borne by the govt. pic.twitter.com/JytAD9iMOj— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2019
The Prime Minister's Office also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to tragic fire in Delhi. PM Modi has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured in the fire.
Earlier, Kejriwal described the fire incident as tragic and said firemen were doing their best.
"V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals," the chief minister said in a tweet.
BJP MP from North East Delhi, Manoj Tiwari also visited the fire incident site. He said that BJP would provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to families of those who have lost their lives and Rs 25,000 to the injured.
BJP MP from North East Delhi, Manoj Tiwari visits Delhi fire incident site,says,"It's a sad incident. As per initial info,fire broke out due to short circuit.BJP will provide financial assistance of Rs5 lakhs each to families of those who have lost their lives&Rs25000 to injured" pic.twitter.com/yl0XQ2YvGr— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2019
The massive fire swept through a factory in Anaj Mandi area of north Delhi on Sunday morning, leaving more than 40 labourers dead and many others injured, police said. The death toll is likely to climb as many of the injured have suffered grievous injuries, according to fire and police officials.
A total of 59 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out, they said. The fire was reported at 5:22 AM following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Chaotic scenes were witnesed at the site of the fire incident with relatives and locals rushing to the area. Many people trapped inside were rescued and rushed to RML Hospital, LNJP and Hindu Rao Hospital, fire officials said.