16:39 GMT16 May 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik) - The incident occurred as factory workers were busy manufacturing firecrackers for the festive occasion honouring Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak Dev, to be held on Thursday. 

    An explosion at a firecracker factory has claimed at least 12 lives while leaving dozens of others injured in the Indian state of Punjab's Gurdaspur.
    A rescue operation is underway with fire engines on the scene.
    Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh said rescue operations are underway with the District Collector and other senior officials heading to the relief operations.

     

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