Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed deep anguish at the demise of 23 persons and injuries to a dozen more following a fire explosion at a firecracker factory in Batala and demanded immediate enforcement of the directions of the Supreme Court on all firecracker factories in the State.
Shocked & grieved at the demise of 21 persons in a blast at a cracker factory in #Batala. I earnestly hope that those trapped in rubble are rescued soon. The state govt must compensate victims & ensure the implementation of safety norms. My thoughts are with bereaved families.
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) September 4, 2019
In a statement here, the SAD president expressed his condolences with the bereaved families and expressed hope that those trapped in the rubble of the firecracker factory would be rescued successfully. He also demanded strict action against officials guilty of not enforcing safety codes vis a vis firecracker factories besides asking the government to give adequate compensation to the victim families.
Deeply distressed at loss of 21 precious lives in a cracker factory blast at #Batala. I pray for timely rescue of those trapped in rubble. State govt must compensate victims & ensure safety norms are implemented. Those resp for such criminal negligence must be brought to book.
— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) September 4, 2019
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and former minister Bikram Majithia also expressed condolences with the bereaved families. They said the Congress government should immediately direct all district officials to enforce safety regulations vis a vis firecracker factories while ensuring they do not operate in residential areas.