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7 J&K labourers die in explosion at cold storage plant in UP

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Jammu: At least seven persons from Jammu and Kashmir died after a compressor in a cold storage plant exploded in Daurala area of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the explosion took place in the afternoon and at least 25 workers were present on the site.

He said some of them were evacuated safely while among the deceased 7 belonged to Jammu and Kashmir.

The deceased have been identified as Balwant, Baldev, Balbir Singh, Sat Pal, Ramesh Lal, Kalu—all residents of Udhampur and Hoshiywar Singh of Ramban.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh expressed grief over the accident and said all possible help was being provided to victim families.

“Just now spoke to DC Meerut Mr Deepak Meena (IAS) on receiving the report about some persons from Jammu And Kashmir becoming victims of the unfortunate accident at Daurala Cold Storage. Sad to note that out of 7 deaths, 6 persons belong to district Udhampur and 1 from district Ramban,” he tweeted.

He also said 9 injured have been shifted to the hospital, while instructions have been issued to provide all possible help—(KNO)

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