Three children among 5 dead in Durga Puja pandal fire in Uttar Pradesh

Published on Oct 03, 2022 08:14 AM IST

UP pandal fire: Police are suspecting a short circuit to be the main cause behind the fire but said they are waiting for confirmation from their technical team investigating the case.

The incident took place at a Durga Puja pandal in Aurai town of Bhadohi district, officials said.
The incident took place at a Durga Puja pandal in Aurai town of Bhadohi district, officials said.
By | Reported by Oliver Fredrick, New Delhi

Five people have so far died in a pandal fire that broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Bhadohi - about 280 km from state capital of Lucknow - on Sunday. The incident took place at a Durga Puja pandal in Aurai town of Bhadohi district, officials said. Around 150 people were said to be present at the event when the fire broke out during the Aarti session to mark the seventh day of Navratri festivities or Saptami.

Three boys (aged 12, 10 and 8) and two women (aged 45 and 48) lost their lives in the tragedy, Bhadohi DM Gaurang Rathi confirmed to Hindustan Times on Monday. Following the incident, nearly 55 people were initially admitted to hospitals, of which 22 people were said to be critical at the time and reeling with severe burn injuries.

“The death toll in the Bhadohi Durga Puja pandal fire incident rises to 5. Three children, and two women have died. At least 64 are injured,” the official said.

Naveen Kumar (10), son of Umesh Kumar who hails from Baari village, died on Monday morning while undergoing treatment in Varanasi. Jaya Devi (47) was declared brought dead by the doctors on Sunday night. Ankush Soni (12) succumbed at a Bhadohi hospital on Sunday night.

Harshvardhan (8) and Aarati Devi (48) are also among the dead.

Some critically injured were also rushed to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Trauma Centre in Varanasi. “Soon after getting information that the victims are being brought to BHU Trauma centre, we created a Green Corridor to ensure hassle-free transportation of the victims," Varanasi police commissioner A Satish Ganesh said.

Police are suspecting a short circuit to be the main cause behind the fire but said they are waiting for confirmation from their technical team investigating the case.

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