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Meerut blaze: 29 'missing victims' traced

Meanwhile, the administration has given away cash ex gratia compensation of about Rs 5.4 million.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 00:07 IST

Officials looking into the Meerut fire incident have located 29 of the 40 people who were earlier reported to be "untraceable".

"Those believed to be missing were eventually found either among the 37 dead in the mortuary or among the 118 injured battling for their lives in 20 different hospitals in Meerut, New Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad," Meerut divisional commissioner Mohinder Singh said.

"One 'missing' person was located at his home in Delhi, where he reached on his own after taking first aid at a private hospital," Singh said.

"However, there are still 11 people missing. It is our top priority to track them down," he added.

Scotching rumours about concealment and clandestine disposal of bodies, the commissioner said, "We invited people to come forward and give us details of their missing kin. A list of 40 such people was drawn up over the past 48 hours since the disaster took place.

"Initially, we put men on the job to cross-check with each of the hospitals and the mortuary, but now we are matching the addresses too and that proved helpful in locating as many as 29."

Meanwhile, the administration has given away cash ex gratia compensation of about Rs 5.4 million.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had announced on Tuesday that a sum of Rs 2,00,000 was payable to the next of kin of each dead, Rs 50,000 to each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to victims with minor wounds.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 00:07 IST