Mundka fire: Tears of kin of missing evoke state of despair and grief

While at least 27 people died in the massive fire that broke out in the four-storey building in Delhi’s Mundka, over two dozen people are missing and their relatives are enveloped in despair and uncertainty.

 

An atmosphere of grief pervaded the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital where the injured, as well as the dead bodies, were taken after the incident on Friday evening.

Hundreds of relatives of those who were caught in the fire are waiting outside the hospital since early on Saturday morning and yet to get any details of their kin

The charred remains also made identification difficult. Meanwhile, the administration is also clueless about the whereabouts of those missing since the tragedy.

Speaking to IANS, Sameer Sharma, DCP Outer said: “We rescued around 50 people yesterday. The identification process of the victims has started. So far, only five bodies have been identified.”

He also added that 12 injured persons have been discharged.

“We will initiate the DNA process for those dead bodies which cannot be presently identified. For this, an FSL team will try to complete the identification process within a short span of time,” DCP Sharma added.

While an injured witness told IANS that a meeting was going on with the factory owner when the fire broke out.

She said that since everyone was inside the meeting room, they came to know about the blaze only later.

When they started running from the building, the exit was closed, the witness said, adding that she jumped from the building to save herself.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Hans Raj Hans also visited the hospital on Saturday and said that “we should learn from this tragedy to avoid future incidents”.

He also slammed the authorities for not properly checking the fire licenses.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who also visited the site, said the “guilty won’t be spared” and has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

He said the kin of the deceased will be provided an ex-gratia relief of Rs 10 lakh each, while the injured will be given Rs 50,000 per person by the Delhi government.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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