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Bawana fire: CITU demands adequate compensation for victims

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (CITU) today demanded adequate compensation for victims of the fire incident, in which 17 people were killed and two injured.

The fire broke out in a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi's industrial area last evening.

"The demands adequate compensation for the families of the deceased and to those hurt in this horrible incident," the trade body said in a statement.

It said that an independent and time-bound inquiry should also be conducted, covering not only the causes of the fire and the safety measures in the unit, but also the role of the labour department and its officials.

The responsibility of the officials concerned must be fixed and those responsible should be booked for culpable homicide, the said.

The trade union alleged that there was no mechanism to ensure the implementation of basic labour legislations, including ensuring safety at work, in the comparatively new industrial area.

The also expressed concern over whether the victims were covered under Employees' (ESI) or not.

"In similar incidents in Agra, Faridabad, and other places, the experience is that names of most of the victims were not on the rolls," it claimed.

The CITU said that the responsibility of the Centre and the government and its labour department cannot be underplayed in such incidents.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 21 2018. 19:15 IST