Anekal: In a tragic incident, twelve people lost their lives in a major fire that broke out at a firecracker outlet during the unloading process here at Attibele on Saturday.

The incident occurred when a fire broke out accidently at the cracker outlet during the unloading process, the outlet is reported to be owned by an Individual named Naveen. In response, the fire brigade personnel who reached the spot successfully brought the fire under control, following which upon inspection the personnel found twelve dead bodies inside the store.

The fire which initially started at one of the shops rapidly spread to the others in the surrounding area, reportedly damaging 4-5 shops.

It has been learnt that the outlet had an inventory of firecrackers valued at approximately 5 crores, with around 30-40 people working there. Eyewitnesses reportedly claim that several escaped the accident unhurt as they swiftly came out of the shop from the back door. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

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New Delhi, Dec 11: India has described as "fake" and "completely fabricated" a media report claiming that a "secret memo" was issued by New Delhi in April to take "concrete" measures against certain Sikh separatists, including Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Sunday that the report is part of a "sustained disinformation campaign" against India and the outlet that published it is known for propagating "fake narratives" peddled by Pakistani intelligence.

The report was published by online American media outlet "The Intercept".

"We strongly assert that such reports are fake and completely fabricated. There is no such memo," Bagchi said.

"This is part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India. The outlet in question is known for propagating fake narratives peddled by Pakistani intelligence. The posts of the authors confirm this linkage," he added.

"Those who amplify such fake news do so only at the cost of their own credibility," Bagchi said, responding to media queries on the report.

In September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled the allegation of "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Nijjar on Canadian soil on June 18.

India strongly dismissed the charges, terming them "absurd".

"The Intercept", in its report, claimed that the Indian government issued instructions on a "crackdown scheme" against certain Sikh entities in western countries.

It further claimed that the secret memorandum issued by the MEA in April lists several "Sikh dissidents under investigation by India's intelligence agencies, including the Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar".