NEW DELHI: The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has ordered a preliminary enquiry into the fire incident at an electric bike showroom in Secunderabad area of Hyderabad, a senior government official said.
Eight people, including a woman, staying in a hotel were killed in a midnight fire that originated from an electric bike showroom located below, in Secunderabad area.
“Two experts are visiting (electric-bike showroom in Secunderabad) after the police submits preliminary finding,” the official said.
Ten others were injured and rushed to various hospitals, police said on Monday.
Most of the victims were asphyxiated. Concerned over cases of fire incidents involving electric two-wheelers, the road transport ministry recently introduced additional safety provisions in the battery safety standards which will come into effect from October 1.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.