21 people died and 27 were injured in a blast which took place in a three-storey firecracker factory in Batala, Punjab on September 4 around 3.30 in the afternoon. As soon as the incident was reported, fire tenders, teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were immediately deployed for the rescue operation.
According to the sources, the factory was being run in an illegal manner which was based in a residential area.
When the blast took places the residents came running out of their homes as they heard a loud noise, an eyewitness said.
Sources revealed that the blast was so powerful that the buildings and structures in the nearby areas were also damaged. Three JCBs were pressed into service along with two fire tenders. The people who were trapped inside the debris were removed out with the help of the fire tenders and NDRF team. The people who were injured were immediately shifted to the nearby hospital.
After the incident, the resident complained that the authorities failed to take any action against the factory as existed for years without a licence in a residential area.
The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into this incident. The Chief Minister has also announced an ex-gratia grant of 2 lakh rupees for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those who were severely injured and 25,000 compensation for those with minor injuries.
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