A series of blasts in a fire cracker factory has left 23 dead and over 2 dozen injured. The fire cracker factor is located near the Balmiki Ashram on Jalandhar Road in the center of the city.
Captain Amarinder Singh, the State’s Chief Minister ordered a magisterial inquiry. He tweeted:
Have ordered a magisterial probe into the Batala firecracker factory blast. My prayers & thoughts are with the family members of the deceased and I wish a speedy recovery to those injured. I have announced an ex-gratia grant for those injured & the kin of deceased.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) September 4, 2019
Footage of the aftermath:
Report from the scene: