New Delhi: At least 43 people were Sunday charred to death and many of them injured in a massive fire that broke out in a factory in Anaj Mandi at West Delhi’s Rani Jhansi Road area.

According to a report, the deceased are mostly labourers who were sleeping in the factory when the fire broke out between 4.30 AM and 5 AM today.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known but the fire officials said it could be a short circuit.

Rehan, the owner of the building against whom a case has been registered under section 304 IPC, is currently absconding, Delhi Police DCP North Monika Bhardwaj told news agency ANI.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to mourn the loss of lives. “V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals,” he said.

Further, he has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter while also announcing a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each to the families of those dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured.

“I have ordered a magisterial inquiry into it. Compensation Rs 10 lakhs each to be given to families of those dead and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. The expense of medical treatment of those injured to be borne by the govt,” he added.

Thirty-four people have been reported to be dead in LNJP hospital and nine in Lady Harding Hospital, an official figure from the two hospitals revealed. A total of 60 people have been rescued so far.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet, “The fire in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi on Rani Jhansi Road is extremely horrific. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy.”