New Delhi : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family of the slain firefighter Amit Kumar Balyan, 28, who died in the line of duty on Thursday.
Kejriwal also met the family members of the Delhi Fire Services personnel who lost his life during fire fighting operations at a factory in Peeragarhi.
“Amit Balyan laid down his life while serving the people of Delhi. Nothing can bring back a loved one lost, but the Delhi government will provide his family with Rs 1 crore as financial assistance. It’s the least we can do as a society…” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Delhi government also announced a government job to one of the family members of the fireman.
Balyan had joined the Delhi Fire Service on June 10, 2019. He was a resident of Delhi’s Meetnagar area and was posted at the Kirti Nagar fire station. He married in February 2019 and is survived by his wife, father, mother, one younger brother and two younger sisters.
Balyan along with other firemen was trapped after the factory building which he entered for rescue operation collapsed following a blast.
He was retrieved from the inferno along with other trapped persons but succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later. Over 14 people were injured in the incident including 13 firefighters. It took quite a few hours to douse the fire.
The fire department first got the distress call at 4:30 am after which they scrambled a few fire engines. As many as 35 fire engines were pressed into service later as the situation intensified. Rescue operations concluded in the afternoon and all firefighters and trapped persons were retrieved.