Manglaur (Haridwar): In a tragic incident, nine employees including an assistant general manager were burnt to death while two other remains missing when a major fire broke out in the Onida factory, an electronics manufacturing company, at Mandawali in Manglaur area of Haridwar district on Thursday.

The fire, which broke out on Wednesday evening, was raging on Thursday night in a part of the factory premises and eight fire tenders battled the flames, the police said.

A search and rescue operation is being conducted and nine bodies have been so far recovered from the factory, which is almost gutted. Only three bodies amongst the dead have been identified so far. The victims include Jham, assistant general manager (AGM) of the factory, Rajnish Tyagi and Krishna Pal. The factory administration suspects the toll of missing is over 18 employees.

However, the actual cause of fire is not ascertained but the factory employees suggests welding process going on in the upper floor of the building might have caused the fire.

"Major part of the fire has come under control. But in some areas, heavy smoke is hampering rescue work," the police said.

Till evening, no FIR have been filed from the victims front however, the police taking cognizance of the factory manager had filed a case in this regard.

Chief Minister B C Khanduri, expressing deep condolences, announced one lakh ex-gratia each to the deceased family members.
A judicial probe has been ordered by Divisional Commissioner Ajay Nabiyal in the tragic accident.

List of missing

•    Abhishek Rana (Haridwar)
•    Kamal Sharma (Mumbai)
•    Dilip (Mumbai)
•    Shiv Sambhunath (Haridwar)
•    Monu (Haridwar)
•    Simran Sharma (Mumbai)