11 Indians Killed In Fire Accident At Saudi Arabia

Windowless room at a farm in Najran suffocates to death the 11, who had gone there to eke out a better living. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah has moved in to provide assistance.

Jeddah: Over 11 Indians have been killed and five injured in a fire at the southern Saudi city of Najran, the External Affairs Ministry officially announced on Thursday. The deceased include four from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala and one each from Bihar and Tamil Nadu. Details of two others have not been ascertained yet.

The Indian Consulate in Jeddah is providing assistance to the families of the deceased and those injured in the tragedy, the Ministry said.

Arab News, quoting the local civil defence authority, reported on Wednesday that 11 people have suffocated to death and six injured in a fire that ripped through a windowless house the Indian workers shared at a farm.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said, “I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran…I have spoken to the Consul General Jeddah.” She expressed her sympathies to the families of the deceased.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has released the names of the deceased Indians as Gauri Shankar Gupta, Kamapalan Sathyan, Baiju Raghavan, Sreejith Kottasseri, Murokanandan Kaliyan, Tabrej Khan, Ateeq Ahmad, Waseem Akram, Vakeel Ahmad, Paras Kumar Subedar and Mohammad Waseem Azizur Rahman.

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