18 killed in blast at firecracker factory in Punjab's Batala; rescue operation underway, many feared trapped under debris

The blast took place around 4 pm at the factory located in a residential area, Inspector General (Border Range) SPS Parmar said. Batala senior medical officer Sanjiv Bhalla said a total 18 people have died in the blast.

Press Trust of India September 04, 2019 19:07:32 IST
18 killed in blast at firecracker factory in Punjab's Batala; rescue operation underway, many feared trapped under debris
  • Eighteen people were killed in a blast at a firecracker factory in Batala of Gurdaspur district on Wednesday.

  • Several people were feared trapped under the debris, police said.

  • Teams of the NDRF and the SDRF have been deployed for the rescue operation.

Batala: Eighteen people were killed in a blast at a firecracker factory in Batala of Gurdaspur district on Wednesday, an official said. Several people were feared trapped under the debris, police said, adding that the rescue operation was underway.

The blast took place around 4 pm at the factory located in a residential area, Inspector General (Border Range) SPS Parmar said. Batala senior medical officer Sanjiv Bhalla said, "A total 18 people have died in the blast."

Of the 14 who were seriously injured, four have been referred to the Amritsar government hospital, Bhalla added.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal said over 15 people had died in the blast.

The impact of the blast was such that a few nearby buildings were damaged.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh expressed shock over the loss of life in the incident.

Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol, too, expressed grief over the incident. "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 his tweet.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed for the rescue operation.

Senior officials of the district administration and police have reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

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