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IN PICS: Delhi fire kills 14, injures 40

Last updated on: November 21, 2011 10:32 IST

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At least 14 eunuchs were killed and 40 others injured when a major fire swept through a community hall in an east Delhi locality where a congregation of the trans gender community was taking place on Sunday.

The incident took place at around 7 pm when around 1,000 eunuchs from across the capital had gathered for a festival. Fourteen people died in the incident and over 40 were injured and rushed to various hospitals, police and hospital authorities said.

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Image: The incident took place at around 7 pm when around 1,000 eunuchs from across the capital had gathered for a festival

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The fire, which started in the kitchen, spread through the premises and destroyed the tents which had been put up for the congregation. As the fire spread, people ran helter-skelter searching for a safe zone but many got trapped in the fire and lost their lives, police said.

Locals said they heard the huge cries of people and came out and saw that the entire community hall premises engulfed in flames. The locals also tried extricate trapped people till the police and fire service personnel came and began the rescue operations.

The congregation, which has been going on for the past three days, had begun at around 1 pm on Sunday, and the participants were dancing and enjoying the evening when the fire took place.

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Image: The locals tried extricate trapped people till the police and fire service personnel came and began the rescue operations

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Sunday was the last day of the congregation. Fire brigade official said 14 bodies have been recovered and 40 injured have been admitted to hospitals. Hospital authorities feared that the toll could go up further because many of the injured have suffered grievous burn injuries.

The Delhi government ordered a thorough probe into the fire incident. Delhi Health Minister A K Walia said Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of East Delhi J P Sharma has been asked to investigate the incident and file his report to the state government at the earliest.


Image: People react at the site of a fire that broke out during a congregation of eunuchs
Photographs: Reuters
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