Jeddah, July 13: At least ten Indians are killed and six others injured after a windowless house caught into the massive fire in Najran which is 900kms from Saudi Arabia’s capital Jeddah on Thursday. However, one Bangladeshi national also died in the fire.
The workers, who hailed from India belonged to a construction company, were living near a gold market area in Faisaliah district. According to the primary information, the fire broke out due to a short circuit in an old air-conditioning unit.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the deaths of 10 Indian nationals and said that the Indian Consul General in Saudia Arabia, Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh is in touch with the governor of Najran, Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz bin Musaed.
“I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals and six injured are in the hospital,” she said in a tweet. Her response came after a woman, Vidya S, sought her help to bring back the mortal remains of one of those killed in the incident.
The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday also released the list of those killed in the incident. They are Tabrej Khan, Ateeq Ahmad, Waseem Akram, and Vakeel Ahmad from Uttar Pradesh while Gauri Shankar Gupta from Bihar. Kamapalan Sathyan, Baiju Raghavan, and Sreejith Kottasseri from Kerala and Murokanandan Kaliyan from Tamil Nadu. Details about Paras Kumar Subedar and Mohammad Waseem Azizur Rahman are being ascertained.
After this unfortunate incident, Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz bin Musaed ordered setting up a committee to investigate the fire and has said that municipal bodies must prevent companies from renting out unfit homes for foreign workers. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia is home to nine million foreign workers, many of them from South Asia.