Fire at Telangana CM Rao’s yagna at Medak, no casualties

  • HT Correspondent, HT Correpsondent
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2015 00:18 IST
A fire broke out at the pandal of the yagna on December 27, 2015 in Medak of Telangana. The yagna was being performed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. (ANI)

A fire broke out on Sunday at the yagna being performed by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Medak, where a visit by President Pranab Mukherjee was cancelled reportedly due to the incident.

However, no casualties were reported from the ‘Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagnam’ at the CM’s farmhouse.

Four fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire at the pandal which was brought under control.

Police said the flames from the ‘homagundam’ or the fire pit caught the temporary structure made of bamboo and grass.

The incident created panic among people who ran out of the yagyashala and adjoining structures.

Police removed barricades to prevent a stampede.

Sunday was the last day of the ritual. According to reports, about 2,000 priests from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were taking part in the mega ‘yagna’ being performed for universal peace.

Rao has spent about Rs 7 crore on performing the Yagna. He, however, confirmed that the state government will not be responsible for the budget, but the chief minister himself will be funding the function.

National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar with Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao during Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam in Medak district on Sunday. (PTI)

(With inputs from agencies)

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