Kejriwal orders magisterial inquiry into Anaj Mandi fire incident

Rani Jhansi Road Fire

New Delhi, Dec 8: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the fire incident that occurred at Anaj Mandi earlier today and sought a report within seven days. 

He also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to families who lost a member in the fire tragedy and additional assistance of one lakh to those who were injured.

“The government has ordered a magisterial enquiry and compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been announced for the families of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for the injured,” Kejriwal said after visiting the injured persons at LNJP Hospital here.

“There was one person in the hospital who has above 50 per cent burns and eight people are suffering because of inhalation of smoke. Around 43 people have died and up to 16 people are injured in the fire incident. Our entire efforts are directed towards saving all the injured persons in whatever way possible,” he added.

Kejriwal expressed grief over the death of 43 people, who lost their lives in a major fire that broke out in Anaj Mandi at Rani Jhansi Road here.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal called the incident “a very very tragic news” and said that firemen were doing their best.
“V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals,” he tweeted.

The death toll in Anaj Mandi fire at Rani Jhansi Road has risen to 43. Around 62 people were rescued from the building that caught fire in the wee hours on Sunday of which 43 have been declared dead.

Soon after receiving the report, 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire and to carry out rescue operations. Given the intensity of the fire, 10-12 more fire tenders had to be sent at the spot.

The fire has been completely doused by the fire brigade team and all the persons have been rescued from the site.

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