Ludhiana, The Hush Post: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced compensation for the families of those killed in the Ludhiana factory collapse, which was triggered by a major fire and subsequent explosion. The four firemen and one sanitary inspector killed in the tragedy will be given Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia, with the state government and the Municipal Corporation contributing 50 per cent each, along with one job to a family on compassionate grounds. The five civilians who lost their lives in the incident will be provided Rs two lakh each as ex-gratia.
He also ordered a detailed inquiry by the Patiala Divisional Commissioner into the Ludhiana factory fire and subsequent collapse of the building. The inquiry will look into all violations by the owner of the factory in storing chemicals, building bye-laws, etc.
Captain Amarinder was accompanied by Local Bodies and Tourism & Culture Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and PPCC president & Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar, besides Media Advisor to CM, Raveen Thukral. The Chief Minister made it clear that strict action would be initiated against any officer found guilty in the dereliction of duty, leading to the mishap.
Meanwhile, an official spokesperson has identified 10 of the 11 persons reportedly killed in the tragedy as Sarmohan Gill (Sub Fire Officer), Puran Singh (Leading Fireman), Rajan Singh (Fireman), Vishal Kumar, Inderpal Singh Pal taxi owner, Laxman Dravid (Chief Sanitary Inspector posted at Pathankot), Sandeep Singh (factory worker), Baldev Raj (factory worker), Amarjot, and Ghanaya. The two injured men, identified as Rohit Kumar and Sunil Kumar, are undergoing treatment at CMC Hospital Ludhiana.