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CM orders probe as 23 killed in firecracker factory blast

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

Twenty-three people were killed and 27 others injured, some of them seriously, when a series of blasts rocked a firecracker manufacturing unit located at Batala in Punjab. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

The blasts occurred a day ahead of the 532nd birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev. Festivities are held in the city every year and this time too they were on in full swing when residents heard two loud blasts and a series of low-decibel level ones.

Devotees from nearby cities were slowly converging on the city even as news of the tragedy spread like wildfire.

Such was the impact of the explosion that several houses adjoining the cracker factory fell like the proverbial house of cards. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has marked a inquiry into the incident to Batala ADC. 

The CM also directed Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to immediately rush to the spot to oversee the relief and rescue operations.

He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the seven severely injured, who were referred to Amritsar Medical College. He has announced Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.

 

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