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Bawana fire: ‘We were never told about explosives used’

A five-month pregnant woman and two members of one family are among the 17 people killed in the Bawana fire tragedy on Saturday.

Roop Prakash Singh and Sunita — the only survivors — claimed the factory owner or the supervisor never told them about explosives being used in the factory.

“We were never briefed about the nature of the substance [powder] used to fill the packets. I rushed downstairs after hearing screams but thick smoke had covered the entire floor and it was coming towards the first floor. I saw a man jump from the second floor to save himself, I followed him and jumped. When I gained conscious, I found myself in the hospital,” said Ms. Sunita.

Five-month pregnant Soni had joined the factory just four days ago on a salary of ₹5,000 per month to help share family responsibilities with help her husband, who works as a labourer in another factory in same area. Excited about the birth of Soni’s first child, the family had made many plans to welcome the baby. However, their happiness was short-lived.

‘Grandmother’ griefs

“Eighteen lives, including that of my unborn grandchild, were lost in the incident. We were looking forward to the birth of Soni’s child but everything is over now. Her face was unrecognisable. We identified her body with the help of her kurta and bangles,” said Soni’s mother, who was inconsolable while waiting outside the mortuary at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital.

NEW DELHI: 21/01/2018: Lt Governor Anil Baijal meeting with relatives of Bawana fire seen at Ambedkar Hospital Rohini, 17 people died in a massive blaze that broke out at a fire-crackers factory at Bawana, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

NEW DELHI: 21/01/2018: Lt Governor Anil Baijal meeting with relatives of Bawana fire seen at Ambedkar Hospital Rohini, 17 people died in a massive blaze that broke out at a fire-crackers factory at Bawana, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

 

Soni’s brother Babu Ram said her husband was away in his village in Sitapur and is on his way back after learning about the tragedy.

‘I will never

see him again’

The family of 22-year-old Suraj Singh, who was one among the seven men killed in the blaze, had come from Unnao to take his body home.

Suraj’s mother Rajeshwari said she had not seen her son for almost two years since he had moved to Delhi in search of employment.

“I will never see him again,” she sobbed.

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22DEL_BAWANA   | Photo Credit: 22DEL_BAWANA

 

Suraj’s 19-year-old cousin Rohit, the son of Rajeshwari’s elder sister, was also killed in the fire.

“I realised my three brothers — Rohit, Sanjit Singh and Suraj — were working in the basement. I decided to alert them. As soon as I reached the ground floor, I saw the fire spread swiftly. Instead of alerting my brothers, I ran upstairs to save myself,” said Suraj and Rohit’s cousin Roop Prakash Singh.

Just like the other survivor, Mr. Roop Singh managed to escape the blaze by jumping from the second floor of the building.

 

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