DELHI: Seven people lost their lives in a massive fire that broke out in shanties of northeast Delhi’s Gokalpuri in the wee hours of Saturday.
As many as 30 shanties were gutted in the fire that erupted near pillar number 12 in Gokalpuri village at about 1 am, an official of the Delhi Fire Services said, adding that the blaze was brought under control by 4 am.
“Thirteen fire engines were pressed into action,” the fire official said. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he stated.
Charred bodies of seven people were recovered from the affected shanties, a senior police officer informed.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the area on Saturday morning, announced an ex gratia amount of Rs 10 lakhs for the families of the deceased who were adult and Rs 5 lakhs for the children who died in the fire. The people whose shanties were reduced to ashes will get a financial assistance of Rs 25,000.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president JP Nadda and several other politicians across political spectrum expressed grief over the incident. “The incident of fire in Delhi’s Gokalpuri is heart-wrenching. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
दिल्ली के गोकुलपुरी में अग्निकांड से हुआ हादसा हृदयविदारक है। इस हादसे में जिन लोगों को अपनी जान गंवानी पड़ी है, उनके परिजनों के प्रति मैं गहरी संवेदना प्रकट करता हूं। ईश्वर उन्हें इस अपार दुख को सहने की शक्ति प्रदान करे।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 12, 2022
दिल्ली के गोकुलपुरी में हुए भीषण अग्निकांड के बारे में सुनकर मन व्यथित है । हादसे में जान गंवाने वाले लोगों के परिवार के साथ मेरी गहरी शोक संवेदना है।ईश्वर उन्हे यह दुःख सहने की शक्ति दे।
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) March 12, 2022
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and local BJP MP Manoj Tiwari met the victim families in the area.
In a statement, Tiwari demanded the Delhi government to increase the ex-gratia amount to Rs 1 crore for the next of kin of each victim. He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. “Arrangements should be made for proper treatment of the injured,” he said.
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