Batala firecracker factory fire: At least 23 dead; Prez Kovind, Amarinder Singh express grief

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At least 23 people were killed and 27 were injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Batala of Gurdaspur district on Wednesday, Punjab Police said. The blast led to the collapse of the building.

A rescue operation was on to evacuate others feared trapped in the debris. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed for the rescue operation.

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President Kovind expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the blast. “Saddened to learn about the loss of lives due to an explosion at a firecracker factory in Batala, Punjab. Condolences to bereaved families impacted by this tragedy and wishing an early recovery to those injured,” he said in a tweet.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh expressed his anguish at the tragedy.

“Deeply anguished to learn of the loss of lives due to the blast in the firecracker factory in Batala. Rescue operations are underway with the DC & SSP heading the relief efforts,” he tweeted.

Actor Sunny Deol who is the Gurdaspur MP also expressed grief. “Saddened to hear about the news of blast in Batala factory. NDRF teams and local administration have been rushed for rescue operation,” Deol said in a tweet.

The incident took place around 4 pm at the factory located in a residential area, Inspector General (Border Range) SPS Parmar told PTI.

More details awaited.

(With Agency Inputs)

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