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4:52 am - Sunday February 18, 2018

13 die in fire at MP village

Agencies, Chhindwara

At least 13 lives were snuffed out and about half-a-dozen persons injured in an inferno and subsequent stampede today at a cooperative society building in tribal-dominated Bargi village 86 km from this district headquarters, police said.

Foodgrain and kerosene were being distributed when some spilled fuel caught fire at approximately 1630 hrs and the flames spread to the cereal when hundreds of people were present on the premises. A stampede ensued and numerous persons got trapped in the burning building. The fatalities were caused by burns.

Those hurt were rushed to a hospital in Harrai town 5 km away. Villagers assisted in an endeavour to douse the flames. Rescue and relief work commenced after officials reached the spot. Thirteen corpses were brought out till late evening but were yet to be identified.

“It was a tragedy and there was no foul play but a high-level inquiry shall be conducted,” said state Farmer Welfare and Agricultural Development Minister Gourishankar Bisen who holds charge of the district. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the relatives of each of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to every grievously-injured person and Rs 10,000 for each funeral.

The deceased are Bargi’s Sanjay Malwi and Ramsevak Navreti, Bicchua’s Komal Daheriya, Kammobai, Lachhobai, Kripal Daheriya, Kusumbai and Santkumar Daheriya, Muarsani’s Siyabai Daheriya Maravi, Ganesh Saman Maravi and Premvati Shivphal Uike, Sawrakala’s Sandep Daheriya and Harrai’s Rakesh Kahar.

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