West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed the police, fire brigade and the municipal corporation to submit a report on the fire accident at a market here within three days and announced a compensation of Rs two lakh to the kin of those who died.

“A compensation of Rs two lakh will be paid to the kin of those who have died in the fire and Rs 50,000 to those injured,” Banerjee said after visiting the market housing a godown-cum-office complex in the Sealdah area in central Kolkata, where the inferno has already claimed 18 lives and left several others injured.

Banerjee said that the Kolkata Police, Fire Brigade and Kolkata Municipal Corporation have been asked to file a joint report within three days.

The Chief Minister urged people, who sleep in markets in the night, to be more careful and take precautionary measures like not to light a fire near inflammable materials.

“They should be more careful. Mischief makers also can cause damage,” she said.

“Everything will be investigated to find out the cause of the fire,” she said before leaving for the Medical College morgue where the dead bodies have been taken.

(This article was published on February 27, 2013)
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