[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]M[/dropcap]oments after Amitabh Bacchhan had recited a poem and stepped off the stage, a fire broke out from the bottom of the stage in a cultural event that was organized as part of #MakeInIndia campaign. Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, who happened to be at the event, stayed on the site for several hours to ensure that no damages occurred. In a breaking development, the CM has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Sabotage has not been ruled out.
The fire broke out during a performance of Maharashtra’s Lavani folk dance at the mega event at Girgaum Chowpatty beach, the BMC Disaster Control said.
The fire which broke out around 8.15 p.m. was brought under control in about an hour.
At least 14 fire tenders and 10 water tankers were rushed to the site. The stage was completely burnt down and the show was stopped midway.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]M[/dropcap]aharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Hema Malini, Katrina Kaif, Vivek Oberoi, Isha Koppikar and Shreyas Talpade, ministers, parliamentarians, legislators, and other prominent personalities witnessing the performance were shifted to safer places.
The BMC said the fire could have been caused by an electric short-circuit.
Fadnavis termed the incident sad and said a comprehensive probe will be ordered and those responsible for it would face action.
He confirmed that there were no injuries or casualties and all artistes and guests were evacuated safely.
(Some portions from IANS)
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