The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep shock and anguish over the ghastly fire in a luggage factory in Anaj Mandi, North Delhi that claimed 43 lives and  scores of others are being treated for acute burns in various hospitals.

All those who lost their lives are workers who were sleeping in the factory premises and were unable to escape the fire.  The cause of the fire must be established and those responsible for  fire safety lapses must be brought to book.  Strict adherence of fire safety norms must be ensured to prevent such tragedies in the future.

The CPI(M) expresses its deepest condolences and calls upon both the Central and the Delhi state governments to immediately save the lives of those  who are in hospitals and adequate compensation must be announced for the bereaved families.