3 killed, 15 hurt in fire at religious event in Gujarat's Rajkot

Rajkot Three girls killed in fire at an ashram event

At least three minor girls died and nearly 15 others were injured after a massive fire broke out at "Rashtra Katha Shivir" event of Swami Dhrambandhu in Rajkot's Pransla village in Gujarat on late Friday.

The incident occurred in an Ashram set up by Swami Dharmabandhu where annually a camp is organised in which children from across the country participate. The incident took place on the last day of the 10-day event. "An inquiry has been initiated", District Collector Vikrant Pandey said. He said that the girls were settling after a cultural event and majority were awake.

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The police has assured a proper investigation for the cause of fire. This year, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani attended the camp. A large group of students from other states had left early in the day which resulted into lesser casualty. As many as 15 fire brigades were deployed to the spot to control the blaze and the girls were admitted to a nearby hospital immediately. But they said there was nothing to worry. Police said the entire camp was gutted in the matter of 15 to 20 minutes due to strong wind.

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