Delhi: Anaj Mandi Factory on Rani Jhansi Road in Delhi turned out to be a death chamber for around 43 labourers on December 8, Sunday. A fire broke out in the factory at about 5 am, killing 43, and injuring 16. Thanks to various officers, and the combined effort of more than 30 fire trucks, they were able to save 56 people from the spot. Sources note that a short circuit must have caused the fire.
The packaging and bag-manufacturing factory in Anaj Mandi caught fire, while the labourers were asleep, which resulted in the death of 43 individuals. Police say that the death toll could increase with time. The main reason behind their death is said to be suffocation, due to the fire.
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
The officers have taken the injured to five nearby hospitals — LNJP, Safdarjung, RML, Hindu Rao, and Lady Hardinge. There are three factories in the area which manufacture bags, hats, and where packaging is being done.
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.
Have instructed concerned authorities to provide all possible assistance on urgent basis.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 8, 2019
Police say that the labourers didn’t realise the fire because the factory’s shutter was closed and locked from outside. Even a fire officer was injured in the rescue process. Police add that such factories have been running illegally in the residential area.