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Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the incident to determine the cause of the blast.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thurday cut short his Gujarat tour to visit Congress bastion of Rae Bareli, where a massive blast at a thermal power plant killed 26 people and injured nearly 100 others.

Gandhi met those injured in the accident at the Rae Bareli district hospital and the Union Power Minister RK Singh at the site of the blast.

“Seeing the suffering of those wounded in the NTPC tragedy has deeply saddened me. The kin of the deceased should be given better compensation and government jobs and the administration should help the injured in every possible way,” he tweeted after meeting with the bereaved families.

The massive explosion took place in a 500 MW boiler unit of the NTPC plant in Unchahar town in Rae Bareli on Wednesday evening, trapping many workers in the subsequent fire.

Doctors have warned that the death toll in the accident could rise further as more than a dozen contractual labourers were battling for life with more than 90 per cent burn wounds.

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the dead, Rs 50,000 each to the critically injured and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.

Contactual labourers and family members of the injured protested by raising slogans against the NTPC management for not acting even after they had warned them several times about the impending disaster at unit six, whose temperature, they said, had been steadily rising.

A probe conducted by the NTPC has “blamed excess ash deposition” in the furnace for the explosion.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the incident to determine the cause of the blast.

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