Tragedy at Chandan Yatra: Odisha Firecracker Explosion Claims 11 Lives

The death toll in the Puri firecracker explosion during the Chandan Yatra ritual has risen to 11. Nineteen people are receiving treatment in various hospitals. Investigations are ongoing, and an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh has been announced for the families of the deceased.


PTI | Bhubaneswar | Updated: 02-06-2024 13:18 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 13:18 IST
Tragedy at Chandan Yatra: Odisha Firecracker Explosion Claims 11 Lives
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The death toll from the firecracker explosion in Odisha's Puri district has climbed to 11, following the deaths of two more injured individuals, a senior official confirmed on Sunday.

Currently, 19 people are being treated in hospitals across Puri, Bhubaneswar, and Cuttack. The explosion occurred during the Chandan Yatra ritual of Lord Jagannath on May 29, injuring a total of 30 people, according to reports.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP's Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra recently visited the families of the deceased. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered an inquiry and announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin. The probe led by Special Relief Commissioner Satyabrata Sahu is ongoing, and Puri police have registered a suo motu criminal case.

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