At least 17 killed in New Delhi factory fire

BJP president Amit Shah receives a memento from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during an event in Varanasi on Saturday. PTI

Thirteen workers were killed in November 2016 in New Delhi after a makeshift factory was gutted in a fire.

Two people were injured in the blaze, one of the Capital's deadliest industrial tragedies since 57 people were killed in a fire in the Lal Kuan chemical market complex in May 1999.

The Delhi Fire Services said it received a call about the fire at the factory around 6.20 pm.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Jain rushed to the site of the fire.

Entire local BJP Unit led by district president Neel Daman Khatri and North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal were working to ensure relief for victims, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor had earlier said.

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Two people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, he added. Police sources said casualties may rise. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

The incident took place at F-90 in northwest Delhi's Bawana area. Authorities said that people died due to fire as well as asphyxiation and cause of this disaster is yet to be known. "Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation.Ordered enquiry", Delhi minister Satyendar Jain said in a tweet.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "deeply anguished" by the incident. The police had said that an FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections relating to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible material.

"After reaching the spot it was found out that fire had broken out at the basement ground and first floor of a cracker storage factory".

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