Ummid Assistant

Jamia Millia launches courses on China, Afghanistan

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Regional

15 dead, 34 injured in Delhi fire

Monday November 21, 2011 10:23:05 AM, IANS

New Delhi: At least 15 people were killed and more than 34 injured in a fire at a congregation of eunuchs at a community park in east Delhi Sunday, fire brigade officials said.

However, Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia, who visited the injured in hospital, put the number of dead at 12, while police said 10 people were killed.

Walia, who visited the Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital where most of the injured were taken, announced compensation for the victims but did not specify the amount.

The minister also ordered a thorough probe into the incident. "The deputy commissioner (revenue) of east Delhi (J.P. Sharma) has been asked to investigate the incident and file his report to the state government at the earliest," he told reporters.

The first intimation of the fire at the park in Nand Nagri's E2 block, where the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Kinnara Samaj Sarvdharma Mahasammelan started Sunday, was received around 6.50 p.m., a fire brigade official said.

According to officials, the blaze started after a tent caught fire following suspected electrical short-circuit.

As many as 2,000 to 2,500 people were understood to have been present inside the community centre when the tent burst into flames, police said.

The tents erected on the grounds of the community hall were completely gutted.

As the fire spread, people ran helter-skelter searching for a safe area but many got trapped in the fire and lost their lives, police said.

The approach road to the park was narrow, which hampered rescue operations as the big fire tenders could not reach the spot to fight the blaze. However, smaller fire tenders were able to get in and battle the flames.

Meanwhile, the eunuchs themselves, aided by personnel of the National Disaster Response Force, the Delhi government's civil defence, locals and the Nirankari Sevak Samaj, started rescue operations, bringing out the injured and bodies and clearing the debris.

Fire department officials said the organisers had not taken permission from the department.

Ashu, a participant in the event, said eunuchs had started arriving for the event since Saturday evening and were staying at the venue, where a huge marquee had been put up.

Most of the injured were taken to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, which was only a short distance away. Some were also taken to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.

Hospital authorities fear the toll could go up further because many of the injured had grievous burn injuries.





 


 

 

 

 

 

Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

i

 

 

 

Top Stories

Winter session will generate heat for UPA

The Lokpal bill, uncontrolled inflation, corruption... a slew of issues will play out in the month-long winter session of parliament beginning Tuesday and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 

Every effort to bring Lokpal bill in winter session: Khurshid

Lokpal, food security bill in government agenda for winter session

 

  Most Read

Teesta Setalvad main accused in exhumation case: Gujarat to SC

Narendra Modi government has justified before the Supreme Court its ongoing probe against social activist Teesta Setalvad in a case of alleged illegal exhuming of bodies of 2002 Gujarat riot victims  

Why Kashmiris want the hated AFSPA to go

Caught in the crossfire between security forces and separatist militants for over two decades, Kashmiris say the government must revoke the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 

Can Abdullah emerge unscathed from AFSPA logjam?

 

  News Pick

Singapore honours Nehru as a 'friend'

Sixty-one years after Jawaharlal Nehru last visited this island state, Singapore commemorates in stone India's first prime minister as a "friend to our shores 

Nehru spirit prevails as Manmohan lands in Singapore

Written exam to select MNS candidates for polls

Now all aspiring political leaders for the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will have to prove their mettle by passing exams with flying colours. Aiming to set a trend and do something unprecedented 

Ramlila ground washed in saffron, green as Advani ends 'yatra'

Bathed in saffron and green, the Ramlila ground and the roads leading to it were Sunday dotted with Bharatiya Janata  

Advani draws big crowd, many leave during speech

 

Picture of the Day

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, unveiled the bust and the Marker of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, at Asian Civilizations Museum, in Singapore on November 20, 2011.

(Photo: M. Asokan )

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.