11 killed, over 100 hurt in cracker factory blast in MP

Wednesday 07th February 2024 06:04 EST

At least 11 people were killed and over 100 others reportedly injured in the explosion at a firecracker factory in Madhya Pradesh's Bairagarh village in Harda district. Sources said that the magnitude of the blast was so huge that it engulfed more than 50 homes near the factory. It is also reported that there was a large quantity of gunpowder inside the factory, which led to the explosion.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has expressed grief over the incident and said that the guilty behind this blast will not be spared at any cost. He said that the state government will take strict action against the culprits.

"The incident is heart-wrenching. In view of the seriousness of this incident, I have postponed the night stay programme of Aharwada village of Chhindwara district. We will not spare the culprits of the arson. The state government will take strict action against the culprits," the CM wrote on his X account.

Yadav has also instructed the burn units of Indore and Bhopal Medical colleges to prepare in advance for the incoming patients. Also, a green corridor has also been made from Harda to Bhopal so that the victims can be swiftly taken to the hospitals for treatment.

More than 35 ambulances have been sent from various districts to Harda to cope with any emergency at the blast site.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs 200,000 compensation to the family of each deceased and Rs 50,000 to injured people. He also expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the explosion. President Droupadi Murmu also expressed grief over the incident and expressed condolences to the bereaved families.

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