পাঞ্জাব: তারান তারান জেলায় ধর্মীয় মিছিলের বিস্ফোরণে কমপক্ষে দুজন নিহত – স্ক্রোল.ইন

পাঞ্জাব: তারান তারান জেলায় ধর্মীয় মিছিলের বিস্ফোরণে কমপক্ষে দুজন নিহত – স্ক্রোল.ইন

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At least two people were killed and several were injured in an explosion in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district on Saturday, reports said.

A tractor-trailer exploded around 4.30 pm during a religious procession near Daleke village, 10 km from the town of Tarn Taran, Hindustan Times reported. According to initial reports, the tractor was carrying firecrackers and chemicals. The procession was on its way from Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh in Pahuwind village to Gurdwara Tahla Sahib at Chabba village on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road. “The procession had just reached Daleke when the blast took place in a trailer of a tractor in which a chemical was stored,” a villager identified as Manjinder Singh told the newspaper.

Tarn Taran SSP Dhruv Dahiya: During nagar kirtan, firecrackers were being burnt using explosive material because of which tractor-trolley exploded accidentally. According to eyewitnesses,14-15 individuals died on spot&3 have been admitted to hospital in critical condition.#Punjab https://t.co/bIa6fsyQ0M pic.twitter.com/b11WYDEXKh

— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2020

Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruv Dahiya initially told ANI that according to eyewitnesses “14-15 individuals died on spot”, and three were admitted to hospital in critical condition. However, most media reports put the toll at two. According to The Tribune, three people were killed in the blast and 20 were injured. Two of those killed were identified by Hindustan Times as Gurpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, in a tweet, said two people died and nine were injured. He expressed sadness at the incident. “My government will give ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of deceased and free treatment for the injured,” he added. “SDM Tarn Taran will probe the incident to fix responsibility.”

Saddened to hear about the tragic firecracker blast in Tarn Taran that left 2 dead and 9 injured. My govt will give ex-gratia of ₹5 lakhs to the kin of deceased & free treatment for the injured. SDM Tarn Taran will probe the incident to fix responsibility.

— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 8, 2020

Corrections and clarifications: The headline has been edited to mention the correct toll. Initial reports, including comments by the police, said at least 14 people were killed in the incident. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh later tweeted that at least two people died.

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