Eleven Indians killed in southern Saudi city of Najran

Vastavam web:  Eleven Indians have been killed in a fire in the southern Saudi city of Najran and the Indian Consulate in Jeddah is providing all assistance to the families of the deceased and those injured in the tragedy, the External Affairs Ministry said today.Among the Indians killed in the fire, five were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala and one each from Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Punjab, it said. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay in New Delhi put out the details of the deceased and said the Consulate General of India, Jeddah, was trying for early repatriation of the mortal remains.
“We are in touch with local authorities as well as the hospital to ensure that all possible assistance and treatment is extended to the five injured,” Baglay said.”Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured,” the local civil defence authority said.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said, “I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran…I have spoken to Consul General Jeddah.” Gauri Shankar Gupta, Kamapalan Sathyan, Baiju Raghavan, Sreejith Kottasseri, Murokanandan Kaliyan, Tabrej Khan, Ateeq Ahmad, Waseem Akram, Vakeel Ahmad, Paras Kumar Subedar and Mohammad Waseem Azizur Rahman were the Indians killed in the fire, according to the details of the deceased released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).