A massive fire in a cracker factory in Batala,Gurdaspur, Punjab, has caused death of 20 persons and injury to more than 15 .

It is feared that more than 50 persons are trapped in the ill fated cracker factory.
Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot and are trying hard to extingush the massive fire.

The explosion occurred at about 4pm in evening.Two buildings of factory have collapsed and other buildings close-by are also damaged.

One person in nearby Gurudwara is also reported dead.It is not clear whether the factory was authorised or not.

The owner of the factory is not traceable.The exact number of trapped is not clear.

Rescue work in fire in cracker factory in Batala,Gurdaspur, Punjab, India

Rescue work in fire in cracker factory in Batala,Gurdaspur, Punjab, India

Officials of district administration, district police and NDRF are involved in the fire fighting and search and rescue of victims.

Accidents in cracker factories are very frequently observed during September and October months , the run up period, before festival of Diwali in India.Many unauthorised factories without any safety provisions crop up before Diwali.