Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has ordered a high-level probe into the incident in which 14 people have been killed so far when a transformer exploded at Shahpur town’s Khatulai village in Rajasthan late Tuesday evening, according to PTI. While five people died on the spot, nine people who had sustained severe burn injuries succumbed while undergoing treatment at the SMS Hospital later in the night, Jaipur District Collector Siddharth Mahajan said. A total of 22 people were taken to hospital after the incident.
The casualties included members of a family, who were on their way to perform a pre-wedding marriage ritual, when the transformer burst into flames, news agency PTI quoted the police as saying. One the victims was preganant.
Union Minister and Jaipur Rural MP Rajyavardhan Rathore on Wednesday visited the site of the explosion and took stock of the situation, ANI reported. .
Meanwhile, PTI reported that Jaipur DC Mahajan has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for kin of the deceased.
“The Jaipur Vidhyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVVNL) will give Rs 5 lakh to family of the deceased and additional
Rs 5 lakh will be provided through CM relief fund,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who visited the injured at the hospital termed the incident unfortunate and said the explosion took place due to non-maintenance of the transformer. He also sought a thorough probe into the incident.