Rajasthan Cylinder Blast Death Toll Reaches 19, CM Vasundhara Raje Orders Inquiry

| February 19 , 2018 , 08:42 IST

The death toll in an LPG cylinder blast in the Beawar town of Ajmer in Rajasthan rose to 19 on Sunday, 2 days after the blast took place during a wedding function on Friday night. Another 18 people were injured, out of which 5 are said to be in critical condition.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje ordered an inquiry into the incident, appointing the chairman of the Ajmer Revenue Board as the investigating officer (IO), an official said to PTI.

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The investigating officer has been asked to submit a report on the blast to the state government and also give suggestions so that such an incident is not repeated. The IO will also be investigating lapses by concerned departments.

The powerful twin-cylinder blast on Friday led to the collapse of the two-storey building, Kumavat Bhavan, where a pre-wedding function for Hemant Patlecha was taking place.  While 9 bodies were recovered on Saturday, another 10 bodies were recovered on Sunday from the rubble, increasing the death toll. The deceased include 3 children and the mother of the Hemant.

Meanwhile, CM Raje has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of those killed in the blast, and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured, from the chief minister's relief fund.

The Shree Cement company also announced an additional compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. Also, compensation will be provided to the owners of the houses damaged in the blast.