Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: A pall of gloom descended on Rekabi Bazaar area in Sadar Police limits of Jajpur district after three workers hailing from the locality were killed in a fire mishap at a garment label manufacturing factory in Ahmedabad.

According to sources, the three workers died due to asphyxiation after a fire broke out on the third floor of the textile unit located at Odhav in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The deceased have been identified as Dayanidhi Khuntia Chinmay Khuntia and Kamesh Singh under Jamdhar panchayat of Jajpur district in Odisha.

At least seven workers were killed in the fire that broke out at the factory, identified as Lotus Label Industries at 3.30 PM yesterday.

“I received a phone call at around 5.30 PM yesterday that a fire broke out in the factory. We were devastated by the shocking news of his death in the mishap,” said the relative of a deceased worker.

“My son along with two other youths from our area had gone to work in the factory. As fire broke out, they got trapped inside the building and died. We learnt about their deaths at 7 PM,” said the bereaved father of another worker.

Soon after the tragic news of deaths of the migrant workers spread, Jajpur collector and local block development officer (BDO) met the bereaved families and assured that efforts are on to bring the bodies back to the village.

Jajpur Collector in-charge Indramani Nayak said, “We are inquiring into the mishap and contacted the local administration in Ahmedabad to bring back the bodies of the workers. We have also handed over some compensation to the families.”