11 migrant labourers burnt alive in a fire mishap at a timber and scarp godown in Secunderabad

K M Dayashankar


Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao condoles death of labourers and announces Rs 5 lakhs exgratia to families of victims

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar and others condoled the death of labourers


HYDERABAD:  In a bizarre incident, at least 11 persons were burnt alive when they were struck up inside a timber and scrap godown after a massive fire broke out at Bhoiguda in Secunderabad area in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Following the fire engulfed in the early hours in the region, the locals became panic and alerted the fire services department, who rushed to the spot with eight fire tenders and put off the fire. The police suspect short-circuit might be the reason for the fire mishap and it spread rapidly due to timber and scrap piled up in the godown.

The fire services rescue teams retrieved the charred bodies of 11 labourers belonging to Bihar state. The victims were identified as Bittu, Chota Sikander, Dinesh, Damodar, Chintu, Sikander, Rajesh, Raju, Deepak, Satyender and Pankaj. Only one labourer escaped from the fire incident with burn injuries. The police have arrested the godown owner Sampath.

Minister for Animal Husbandry T Srinivas Yadav rushed to the spot along with Collector Sharman and Commissioner of Police CV Anand. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock and condoled the death of labourers and announced Rs 5 lakhs ex-gratia to bereaved family members. He instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar that the mortal remains of the victims are sent to Bihar state after post-mortem.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan had also condoled the death of the migrant labourers and informed the state government to provide all necessary assistance to the families. BJP State president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar condoled the death of labourers. It was unfortunate that the migrant labourers who had come to city to eke out a living were charred to death, he said and flayed the lethargy on the part of the official machinery for failing to ensure fire safety norms.

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