Motihari: The death toll in Chhapawa fire incident on June 1 in East Champaran district increased to 12 with the death of four more burn injury patients at PMCH on Tuesday. Twentynine persons including 11 children were injured in a devastating fire which broke out at Chhapawa market under Sugauli police station due explosions in half -a- dozen LPG cylinders at an illegal gas refilling shop of Lal Babu Sah. Majority of those injured in the fire were shopping at the market.
Out of 29 injured, the condition of 12 was critical with 80% burn injuries and they were sent to Patna for better treatment. In last six days, 12 persons died at the hospital and all of them belong to Sugauli block area. Lalbabu Sah ,who was running the illegal gas refilling centre, is evading arrest. A case has been lodged against him by Sugauli police. DSP, Motihari, Pankaj Rawat said were on to nab him. Badri Prasad Gupta, CO, Sugauli, said that Rs 4,300 each were given as relief to the families of deceased.