Delhi Fire: Pranab Mukherjee Expresses Sorrow, Urges Govt To Offer All Necessary Help

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After 43 people lost their lives in a tragic fire that broke out in Delhi's Anaj Mandi, Former President Pranab Mukherjee expressed sorrow over the incident

Written By Varsha Chavan | Mumbai | Updated On:

After 43 people lost their lives in a tragic fire that broke out in Delhi's Anaj Mandi, Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday, December 8, expressed sorrow over the incident. Taking to microblogging website Twitter, Pranab Mukherjee wished the victims a swift recovery and offered condolences to the affected families.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief and described the incident as 'horrific' and prayed for the family of those killed in the fire. He stated that the authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.

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FIR filed against factory owner

Earlier in the day, Delhi Police filed an FIR on the owners and other renters who occupied the factory premises. Delhi CP has transferred the case to the Crime branch. Forensic investigation is currently underway. Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Monika Bharadwaj has confirmed that the main owner of the factory - Rehan is absconding. NDRF team too is currently on-site to help with rescue operations.

Briefing the media on the situation, Delhi police said, "There were a lot of plastic materials which were hindering our rescue efforts. Due to the rising smoke from these plastics, most of the deaths have occurred due to asphyxiation. When the fire department and Delhi police tried to rescue them, two fire officers and 2 police officers have been hurt in the operation due to the smoke."

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Delhi fire accident

Delhi Police stated that a major fire broke out at Anaj Mandi in Delhi in the wee hours of Sunday morning - around 5:20 AM, killing almost 43 people. While over 60 people have been rescued, police sources state that most victims have lost consciousness due to rising smog. The factory mainly produced plastic items housed several labourers and their families - leading to higher burn injuries, state police. While over 30 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot, the rescue operation is underway. All victims who have been rescued by fire personnel (most manually) have been shifted to  LNJP and Lady Hardinge Hospitals. Initial probe points towards short circuit as the cause of the fire, report sources. 

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