Death toll rises to 16 in Attibele fire cracker tragedy

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

A 23-year-old photographer from city,identified as Venkatesh,succumbed to burns at St.Johns hospital on Thursday,taking the death toll in the Attibele firecracker tragedy to 16.

The deceased Venkatesh,resident of Garvebhavipalya had come to the shop to purchase crackers.He was rescued by the fire force personnel and admitted to St. Johns hospital along with Manager Lokesh and two others.

On Wednesday,Dinesh,19,resident of Tamilnadu succumbed to his injuries at Victoria hospital .

He was hired for packing and uploading work at the gowdown-cum-shop where the fire broke out.He,along with three others,sustained burns and was rescued by the Fire and Emergency Services personnel and admitted to hospital,where he succumbed.

The treatment for the other injured are continued and the police are monitoring the situation.