Balaghat: At least 23 workers were charred to death and seven others sustained injuries in a fire outbreak at a cracker factory in Kheri village in Balaghat district on Thursday, an official said.
The fire broke out at around 3 pm in the factory located around 10 kms from the district headquarters in the Kotwali police station limits, Additional Director General of Police (Balaghat range) G Janardhan told media.
According to Balaghat district collector Bharat Yadav, out of 10 workers injured in the incident initially, three died on their way to Nagpur, taking the toll to 23.
“Of the seven injured, five have been rushed to Nagpur (in Maharashtra) for treatment, while two are being treated at a hospital in the district,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. The state government would also bear the medical expenses of the injured.
The cracker factory was owned by one Waris Ahmed and was being run legally, Yadav said.
He added that the victims were workers of the factory and the incident took place when the production was on.