CM expresses grief at loss of lives in Sangrur cold storage blast

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Chandigarh: Expressing shock and grief at the four deaths and injuries sustained by 13 other innocent people in the explosion at a cold storage in Sangrur, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the district administration to step on the rescue and relief operations and announced a compensation of Rs. one lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the injured.

The Chief Minister has also ordered the administration to ensure stringent implementation of rules in the operations of all businesses and industries using dangerous materials.

The blast at Guru Nanak cold storage, owned by Harinder Singh of Kaheru, reportedly occurred due to sudden and excessive outflow of the ammonia gas. The explosion caused the building to collapse, leading to the death of four persons and leaving another 13 injured. Four of the injured were undergoing treatment at DMC Ludhiana.

Amid reports of a few people still caught beneath the debris of the building, the Chief Minister ordered large-scale rescue operations to save those stuck underneath. He also directed the district officials to investigate the incident and pin the responsibility for the mishap.

Captain Amarinder said all such units deploying such gases and other dangerous materials would need to follow strict rules and regulations to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. He asked the administration to ensure strict implementation of such rules, and not allow any laxity in this regard.