17 killed in fac­tory blast in India’s Pun­jab: Re­port

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New Delhi: The death toll in the fire­cracker fac­tory blast in India’s north­ern state of Pun­jab on Wed­nes­day has risen to 17, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

India’s na­tional daily, The Hin­dus­tan Times, re­ported that the in­ci­dent oc­curred in the Batala area of Gurdaspur district in Pun­jab. The teams of the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Response Force and the State Dis­as­ter Response Force have been de­ployed for the res­cue op­er­a­tion. Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Amarinder Singh tweeted, “Deeply an­guished to learn of the loss of lives due to the blast in the fire­cracker fac­tory in Batala.

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