Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin who lost their lives and Rs 1 lakh to the injured in Bawana fire incident.

Seventeen people died and several others were injured, in the inferno that swept through a three- storey building housing a firecracker unit on Saturday evening.

Talking to media after meeting the injured at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Kejriwal termed the incident “tragic.”

The government has ordered a probe into the incident, he said while assuring that the matter would be fully probed on how the licence was given, who gave the licence and what triggered the tragedy.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who also visited the hospital, informed that the probe committee has been formed and strict action would be taken after report was received.

“I do not think licence has  been provided to any firecracker factory in Delhi. If this indeed was a registered firecracker factory, then it was wrong and illegal,” Jain observed.

Meanwhile, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) in its preliminary report stated that explosion of some explosives/fire crackers being packed at the site was suspected to have caused the fire in the factory.

“At the time of allotment the gutted factory was assigned to carry on activity related to plastic goods in 100 sq metre premises.