Three Laborers lost their lives in a forest fire that started on Thursday at Compt Number 90 in the sanctuary at Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve Gondia District.
According to the details five laborers in an attempt to dose off the fire were seriously injured of which three succumbed to death. According to the sanctuary officials, the fire was started by unidentified persons at 11:30 am on Thursday.
A team of 50 to 60 forest staff including officers and laborers were engaged to extinguish the fire from reaching further. However, due to strong winds, the fire was spreading rapidly in which 5 laborers were seriously injured and were immediately rushed to Orange City hospital at Nagpur. The deceased have been identified as Rakesh Madavi (40), Rekchand Rane (45) and Sachin Shreerange (27).
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to all the deceased laborers while the treatment will be done by the government.