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Death toll climbs to 18 in cylinder blast at wedding in Rajasthan

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of those killed in the blast and financial help of Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

jaipur Updated: Feb 18, 2018 22:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jaipur
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Army and NDRF team during the rescue operations after the gas cylinder blast at Beawar in Rajasthan on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

The death toll in an LPG cylinder blast during a wedding function on Friday night in Beawar town of Ajmer district rose to 18 with the recovery of nine more bodies on Sunday, police said.

Of the 18 injured, six were discharged, whereas five people, said to be critical, were referred to Jaipur from the JLN Hospital in Ajmer, they said.

Two more are feared to be stuck under the debris, Ajmer district collector Gaurav Goyal said.

He said a joint rescue-and-relief operation by the Army and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was underway.

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of those killed in the blast and a financial help of Rs 50,000 each to the injured, an official spokesperson said.

On Saturday, the chief minister took stock of the rescue operation, met the family members of those killed and announced the compensation from the chief minister’s relief fund. An additional compensation of Rs 1 lakh each was given by the Shree Cement company to the kin of the deceased, she said.

Compensation will also be provided to the owners of the houses damaged in the explosion after an assessment, the spokesperson said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2018 22:07 IST