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Fire in Delhi's Bawana kills 17: Narendra Modi expresses 'anguish' over deaths on Twitter; politicians make beeline to site of accident

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the social media on Saturday expressing anguish at the death of 17 people killed in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi's Bawana industrial area.

Modi tweeted:

As the reports of the fire which killed 17 people and injured two others, spread several political leaders took to social media to offer their condolences. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Kejriwal and the state's health minister Satyendar Jain tweeted that they were keeping a "close watch" on the rescue operations.

Kejriwal also visited the hospital to meet the injured.

 Fire in Delhis Bawana kills 17: Narendra Modi expresses anguish over deaths on Twitter; politicians make beeline to site of accident

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North Delhi mayor Preety Agarwal rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

"The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) area," a senior NDMC official said.

The medical superintendent of Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital Punita Mahajan said they received a disaster alert which was called off at 11.30 pm.

Politicians arrive at spot

The fire accident also assumed political hues, as several leaders from the BJP, visited the site.

Kejriwal, who visited the site late on Saturday, ordered an inquiry into the incident. He said that the truth will come out only after the inquiry.

Jain, who also visited the site and met the two survivors at the hospital, said,"Prima facie it appears packaging of the fire crackers were going on, but no machines have been found."

Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel and BJP's Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari also visited the spot on Saturday. Referring to his visit to the firecracker storage unit, Vardhan tweeted:

North Delhi mayor Agarwal took a swipe at Kejriwal as the area falls under DSIIDC.

"He calls himself messiah of the poor. Where is he now? Where is the AAP MLA of Bawana?" she had said before Kejriwal reached the site.

However, mediapersons recorded Agarwal telling her aide that she won't be saying anything about the factory as the licensing of the factory was done through her office.

"The entire local BJP unit led by district president Neel Daman Khatri and Agarwal were working to ensure relief for victims," Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor had said.

The Delhi BJP spokesperson also questioned the "delay" by the ruling AAP's leaders in visiting the affected site and the people. "Almost five hours have gone by after the accident and from the local AAP MLA to Kejriwal, none have yet reached out to victims for help," Kapoor said earlier.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 21, 2018 10:17:15 IST