Transformer blast kills 9, injures 22 near Jaipur

Among the deceased is an unborn child whose mother was seriously injured and was operated upon to save her and the baby.

Nine persons have been killed and 22 injured when a transformer exploded near a marriage function in Khatloi village in Shahpura near Jaipur on Tuesday.

Among the deceased is an unborn child whose mother was seriously injured and was operated upon to save her and the baby. The mother is still in a serious condition.

A pregnant woman seriously injured in the accident was operated upon but the baby could not be saved. According to eyewitnesses, a poorly maintained transformer exploded killing four.

Soon thereafter, the electricity was restored which led to the further explosion. One witness said a high voltage cable fell too. There was no cut out to switch off the power.

Blast in Jaipur

Kali Charan Saraf, the health minister said, condition of eleven was critical.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje cancelled her scheduled visit to Delhi and rushed to the SMS Hospital where all the injured were rushed to.

She has announced a high-level inquiry and Rs ten lakh compensation for next of kin of each deceased.

Police had a tough time controlling an angry mob that gathered at the scene of the accident.

One life is lost every day on an average in Rajasthan due to electrical faults mostly because of the negligence of the department.

Officials of electricity department said they were investigating what all led to the tragedy of such a proportion.

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