Toll in Beawar cylinder blast reaches nine

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has announced Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased.

jaipur Updated: Feb 17, 2018 20:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Beawar,Rajasthan news,Vasudev Devnani
NDRF and SDRF personnel carry out rescue work after collapse of a building due to a gas cylinder blast in Beawar, Rajasthan on Saturday. (PTI)

Four more bodies were recovered on Saturday from the debris of the guest house, which turned into rubble after an LPG cylinder blast on Friday, taking the death toll to nine.

District administration overseeing the rescue operation recovered more bodies from under the debris.

The district administration, including collector Gaurav Goyal and elected representatives, were camping at the site. Ministers and MLAs from Ajmer Vasudev Devnani and Anita Bhadel remained at the site throughout the day to oversee rescue work.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje reached Beawar on Saturday evening and inspected the site to review the rescue work. She met the injured in hospital and assured them of all help. She announced Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased.

Several other ministers too reached Beawar and met the bereaved families and the injured.

At the time of the blast on Friday evening, a large number of people had gathered at the guest house to attend a marriage function.

16 people have been admitted to Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital. The condition of five with over 60% burns is said to be critical, said a doctor attending the patients.

District administration has given Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of each dead and Rs 10,000 to each injured from the chief minister’s relief fund, as immediate relief to the victims, said Gaurav Goyal, Collector Ajmer.

According to information, the blast took place when a cook at a marriage function tried to transfer left over gas from used commercial cylinders into domestic cylinders.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 20:57 IST