Three dead in Rajkot as fire erupts in Rashtriya Shivir

A representational image. A short-circuit may have led to the fire but an investigation was on to ascertain the cause

At least three minor girls died and nearly 15 others were injured after a massive fire broke out at "Rashtra Katha Shivir" event of Swami Dhrambandhu in Rajkot's Pransla village in Gujarat on late Friday.

According to the speculations the fire broke out due to a shot circuit.

The camp was being organised by spiritual leader Swami Dharmabandhuji. Locals said that for the past 20 years, Dharmabandhu has been holding this event which claims to promote patriotism among students who come from different part of the state and the country. "Samples have been collected for forensic examination for determination", Sood said.

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"The fire first started in a tent where girls were staying", the Rajkot district collector said, adding that a short-circuit may have triggered the blaze. The event was attended by more than 15 thousand girl students. Rajkot (Rural) Superintendent of Police Antrip Sood said almost 15 people were injured and were being treated for burns in a nearby hospital, NDTV reported.

The police has assured a proper investigation for the cause of fire. They are suffering from burns and suffocation. There were almost 50 tents and half of them were empty by Friday night.

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