A massive fire swept through a factory in Anaj Mandi area of north Delhi on Sunday morning, leaving 43 labourers dead and many others injured, police said. A total of 59 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out, they said. The fire was reported at 5:22 AM following which 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the site of the fire incident with relatives and locals rushing to the area. Distraught relatives tried to locate their family members at various hospitals where the injured and dead were taken. PM Narendra Modi described the incident as "extremely horrific". Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the fire incident as tragic and said firemen were doing their best.
The Delhi CM also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for the family of the deceased. The Delhi government has also ordered a probe into the fire incident and sought a detailed report within seven days.
PM Modi has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to tragic fire in Delhi. The PM has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured in the fire.
The Delhi Police has registered a case against the factory owner in north Delhi where a devastating fire left 43 labourers dead. Police said a case under section 304 of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder punishable with a maximum imprisonment of 10 years) has been registered. The case has been transferred to crime branch.
10.34 AM: "Hurt by the news of the death of many people," says Rahul Gandhi.
दिल्ली के अनाज मंडी मे, भीषण आग लगने से कईयो की मौत और अनेक लोगों के घायल होने की खबर से आहत हूं ।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 8, 2019
मृतकों के परिवार के प्रति मैं अपनी गहरी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूं और घायलों के जल्द स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूं।#delhifire
10.33 AM: Delhi Minister Imran Hussain on Delhi fire incident: "It is a tragic incident. Investigation will be conducted and action will be taken against whoever is responsible for it."
10.30 AM: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says he's reaching the site of fire incident.
10.21 AM:"My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 8, 2019
10.17 AM: Death toll rises to 43 in #Delhi fire incident, according to police.
10.03 AM: "Extremely anguished by the loss of lives in fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi, Rani Jhansi Road, Delhi. My thoughts are with bereaved families," says BJP chief JP Nadda.
10.01 AM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed condolences with families of those who have lost their loved ones. "I pray for the early recovery of the injured. Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on urgent basis," he tweeted.
Extremely anguished by the loss of lives in fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi, Rani Jhansi Road, Delhi. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked @BJP4delhi karykartas to provide all possible assistance to those affected.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) December 8, 2019
9.56 AM: Visuals from the Rani Jhansi Road.
Tragic loss of precious lives in the fire accident in New Delhi. My deepest condolences with families of those who have lost their loved ones. I pray for the early recovery of the injured.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 8, 2019
Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on urgent basis.
9.50 AM: According to information, around 25 people were sleeping inside when the firing incident happened. "A fire broke out in a 600 sq feet plot. It was very dark inside. It is a factory where school bags, bottles and other materials were kept. The owner said that around 20-25 labourers were sleeping inside when the incident happened," Deputy Fire Chief Officer Sunil Choudhary said.
9.48 AM: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called it a very "tragic news". "Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals," he tweeted.
Dr Kishore Kumar, Medical Superintendent, Lok Nayak Hospital on fire incident at Rani Jhansi Road: There are 14 casualties. Our team of doctors are attending to the injured; Visuals from Rani Jhansi Road #Delhipic.twitter.com/4lzOXWvR8H— ANI (@ANI) December 8, 2019
9.40 AM: Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital has confirmed many of those who were brought to the hospital were declared brought dead.
9.30 AM: As many as 35 people have been killed in the major firing incident in Delhi's Anaj Mandi.
V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals. https://t.co/nWwoNB4u3Q— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 8, 2019