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Bawana factory fire: Lt Governor Anil Baijal visits site

Health minister Satyendar Jain said strict action would be taken once the committee set up to probe the incident submits their findings.

delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2018 14:58 IST
Annona Dutt
Annona Dutt
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Policemen comfort a relative mourning the death of victim at a hospital after a two-storey cracker factory caught fire in north Delhi's Bawana industrial area on Saturday. (PTI)

Delhi lieutenant governor, Anil Baijal visited the Bawana industrial area on Sunday morning where a factory fire resulted in the death of 17 labourers.

While police arrested the factory owner, Manoj Jain, the state government has ordered an inquiry into the lapses that led to the deaths.

Ten women and seven men died in the fire, police said. On Sunday, police and hospital authorities identified 11 bodies, while six remain unidentified.

Doctors said the 11 identified had 30-40% burn injuries while the others were completely charred.

“The bodies are completely charred. We will try to identify them with their clothing or jewellery, or anything that is left. We can also do a DNA testing if there is any viability, but with bodies so charred, it is very difficult. After that, there are some protocols followed by the police,” said Dr Punita Mahajan, medical director of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital, where the victims were brought.

The families of the labourers who died in the fire gathered outside the hospital.

Doctors also conducted post mortem on six identified bodies till Sunday afternoon.

“Relatives have been informed and as soon as the bodies are identified, the post mortem is being done,” health minister Satyendar Jain said.

The minister said strict action would be taken once the committee set up to probe the incident submits their findings.

A man and a woman, who survived because they jumped from the building, had been had been admitted to the nearest Maharshi Valmiki hospital. They have now been referred to Lok Nayak hospital for emergency orthopaedic surgery.

“One of the patients has a hip bone fracture and another one has fractured the tibia (shinbone). Both will need emergency surgeries and would most likely be fitted with implants,” said Dr JC Passey, medical director of Lok Nayak hospital. The two survivors had no burn injuries, he confirmed.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta who was at the hospital said this was not the time for politics or blame game, but added that a special session of the assembly should be called to address the issue.

“The government should answer our question, ask some of their own and arrive at a solution. The Delhi fire dept is not equipped as it should be. The inspections do not happen like it should. There should be enquiry into the incident and strict action should be taken against whoever is responsible, whether it is the government or the MCD. There should be zero tolerance for such incidents,” he said.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 14:55 IST