Here are the highlights of the fire at a Bawana warehouse:
My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the fire at Bawana, Delhi. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you struggle to come to terms with this tragedy. I also pray that those injured make a speedy recovery.- Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 21, 2018
Visited #Bawana -Spoke to a large number of industrial workers-- Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) January 21, 2018
1)This establishment was operating on a holiday
2)Gates locked from outside
3)Wages are as low as Rs5000
4)Rampant unauthorised construction obstructing escape routes
5)ICU Bawana Hospital closed since 2 months! pic.twitter.com/5yGQGwX2G9
"This industrial area is under DSIDC and land allotment has been done by Delhi government. They should at least see what work is being done there. Is making a fake video viral and confusing public is fair? It's condemnable and I expect Arvind Kejriwal-ji to apologise," BJP leader and North Delhi mayor Preeti Aggarwal told news agency ANI.
In a video that is bound to cause major embarrassment for her party, BJP leader and North Delhi mayor Preeti Aggarwal is seen whispering to one of her aides, "'iss factory ki licensing hamare paas hai, isliye hum kuch nahi bol sakte (the licensing of the factory is with us, hence we can't say anything)".
Roop Prakash, one of the survivors, told NDTV that the unit had started operations a fortnight ago. "Chinese firecrackers used to be packed in the building... Only packing of firecrackers used to take place, not manufacturing," he said.
As news of the fire spread, politicians led by union ministers Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel rushed to the spot. Delhi's BJP unit was quick to attack the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, questioning the "delay" by the ruling party's leaders in visiting the site of the tragedy. "Almost 5 hours have gone by after the accident and from local AAP MLA to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, none have yet reached out to victims for help," Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said.