The death count in the cylinder explosion during a wedding in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district rose to 32 on Friday, with four more people succumbing to injuries at a hospital here.
Slamming the Congress government in the state, BJP leader Rajendra Singh Rathore said while Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is yet to visit Bhungra village where the tragedy struck on December 8, his party has organised a celebration.
He was apparently referring to a musical concert organised in Jaipur to mark the 100 days of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. The event was also attended by Chief Minister Gehlot and party general secretary K C Venugopal.
The cylinder explosion at Bhungra in Shergarh subdivision had triggered a fire and left over 50 people injured. On Friday, four more of the injured succumbed at the MG Hospital, taking the toll to 32, officials said.
“Such a ghastly incident has taken place in the state. Thirty-two people have lost their lives. But instead of announcing a special package for the victims and visiting the spot, the state government is in celebratory mode and adding insult to injury,” Mr Rathore said.
Mr Rathore, the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, had reached Jodhpur on Thursday and visited the hospital. He also met some people protesting outside the hospital’s morgue.
Condemning the government for not directing police to file a case of criminal negligence against the gas company, he said neither the company nor the state government has announced any compensation.
He demanded Rs 1 crore compensation to each victim’s families from the gas company and Rs 20 crore package from the state government. On his call of support, a fund of Rs 53 lakh was announced by some people of the community, while Mr Rathore himself announced to donate Rs 11 lac for the victims.
State BJP Chief Satish Poonia also visited the hospital and the village with Mr Rathore.
On the other hand, villagers and the victims’ relatives have refused to accept the bodies for the last rites until their demands, including jobs and Rs 50 lakh compensation, are met.
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