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2 killed, 11 injured in firecrackers explosion in Punjab

Police personnel investigate the site of an explosion which occurred during a religious procession near Pahu village in Tarn Taran district on February 8, 2020.

Police personnel investigate the site of an explosion which occurred during a religious procession near Pahu village in Tarn Taran district on February 8, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Two persons were killed and nine injured in Tarn Taran district of Punjab on Saturday as firecrackers loaded in a tractor-trolley exploded during a religious procession.

Chief Minister Amarinder has ordered a magisterial probe. He has asked the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Tarn Taran to conduct a thorough inquiry and fix responsibility.

Inspector-General of Police (Border Range) S.P.S. Parmar told The Hindu that the incident occurred near Daleke Mor in Palasaur village after someone made a celebratory fire during Nagar Kirtan. “The crackers in the trolley went off, resulting in an explosion that left two dead and nine injured,” he said.

The procession was going from Pahuwind village to Gurdwara Tahla Sahib in Chattiwind village, he said.

An official statement said initial reports suggested some youngsters were letting off makeshift crackers in the trolley, triggering the explosion.

The government has announced ₹5 lakh in ex gratia for the families of the deceased and free treatment for the injured admitted to the local civil hospital and Guru Nanak Dev Charitable Hospital, the statement said.

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