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16 Indians killed in Bahrain fire
July 30, 2006 15:39 IST
Sixteen Indians, mostly from Tamil Nadu, were killed and seven others injured when a major fire broke out in a building housing over 200 workers in Bahrain early on Sunday.
The incident, apparently caused by a short circuit, took place in Gudabiya area around 2.30 am (5 am IST) when there were 218 people in the camp, mostly Indians, police said.
However, workers claimed that there were over 350 Indians in the building.
The seven injured were being treated in a hospital for burns they received in the fire.
Indian Ambassador to Bahrain Balakrishan Shetty told PTI that most of the 16 workers killed worked for Royal Towers Construction.
Most of the workers died as a result of suffocation, he said. The remaining workers, who escaped the fire, have been shifted to a neighbouring gym.
India said it is in constant touch with its mission in Bahrain following the death of its nationals and has sought a detailed report on the incident.
"Our embassy with the cooperation of the Bahrain government is taking all the necessary action," Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed told PTI over phone from Calicut in Kerala.
When asked when the bodies would be brought back, the minister said he was awaiting full details of the incident before giving necessary directives.
The Indian mission in Bahrain was also exmamining reports that the home where the Indian workers were living was overcrowded.