Indore: Chaos prevailed in Ranipura area on Tuesday afternoon after a massive fire in Dilip Fire Works killed at least seven people, including the shop owner Gurvinder Singh Narang and critically injured three others.
“The fire, which started from the cracker shop, quickly engulfed other nearby shops,” DIG HC Mishra said. Police promptly evacuated people from around the fire site located in a congested lane, he said, adding that the blaze was put out after several hours of effort by the fire brigade personnel. Mishra said the police have started an investigation into the cause of the blaze and are also ascertaining whether the cracker shop had a license. Sources said that over 400 kg fire crackers were stored in the shop at the time of fire. Such was the intensity of flames that over 20 vehicles, parked in front of shops on both sides of the road were gutted. Over 40 water tankers and 340 litre chemicals were used to control the flames.
Divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey, DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra, district collector P Narahari and others reached the spot soon after getting information about the tragedy. District magistrate P Narahari said that responsible for the fire incident in Dilip Fire Works at Ranipura will be found through magisterial enquiry, which will submit its report within seven days. “Just last year we had cancelled several trade licenses of fireworks traders in Ranipura but, despite that the trade was going on. Therefore a magisterial inquiry has been ordered, which will be conducted by additional district magistrate Shamim Uddin,” he added.
Notably, following deaths of number of people in Rau fire mishap, state government had ordered to remove cracker shops from the city and also asked the shop owners to only stock crackers as per the prescribed quantity in license. However, to an utter defiance to the order, fire cracker shops have been operating in the city for the past many years under the eyes of local administrative officials.
Raid in 7 shops, fireworks seized
Following the fire tragedy, district administration launched a massive raid against illegal trade of crackers in Ranipura area and seized a large amount of fireworks from the cracker shops. Official sources informed that collector P Narahari ordered to carry out a massive search operation to unearth stocks of illegal fireworks stacked in shops. A team of administrative officials, including SDM and tehsildar and led by ADM Ajay Dev Sharma launched the operation late in the evening and continued till late at night on Tuesday. Sources said that teams frisked seven cracker shops, including Sundaram Fireworks and Siddhi Vinayak Fireworks and seized a large amount of illegal fireworks from these shops.