Mamata visits Kolkata market fire site, announces compensation

Feb 27, 2013, 12:30 IST | Agencies

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited the Kolkata market, which was gutted in a blaze, and announced compensation for those injured and next-of kin of the deceased.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the Kolkata market fire site today, announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those who had died.

Mamata visits Kolkata market fire site, announces compensation
Firefighters at the site of the Kolkata market fire (Pic - AFP)

"The state government will give Rs 2 lakh to the kin of those who died. Those injured will be given Rs 50,000," she told those present at the site of the devastating fire.

Banerjee said that Kolkata Police and fire brigade would investigate the matter and submit report to the government in three days.

Banerjee further assured to provide all support to those living in godowns and dingy shops.

"People need to stop living in godowns and dingy shops. The government will provide them shelters if needed," she said.

Banerjee also visited Calcutta Medical College where the injured have been admitted and are undergoing further treatment.

According to reports, the devastating fire that started at 3.50 am when the victims were fast alseep. 19 people have reportedly been killed and several others sustained serious burns when the fire engulfed a six-storey market complex in central Kolkata's Sealdah area.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal Fire Services Minister Javed Khan earlier in the day blamed the Left for the incident and said that the building in which the fire broke out came up during their tenure.

"This is an illegal market, which came up during the Left Front Government," he said.

The rescue workers are still evacuating those trapped in the blaze.  

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