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PM condoles loss of lives in Kolkata fire tragedy

New Delhi, Mar 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday mourned the loss of lives in the Kolkata fire tragedy.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to the fire tragedy in Kolkata. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”

At least nine people were killed in a major fire at the 13th floor of the Eastern Railways office at Strand road in central part of the city on Monday evening.

The deceased include four firefighters, two Railway personnel and a police ASI who have been fighting the fire.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the spot at 2215 hrs. and announced Rs.10 lakh each and a government job to kin of the victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also approved and ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic incident and Rs.50,000 to those who have been seriously injured, he wrote on Twitter

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