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TV reporter killed while covering major fire in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Mediaperson Ajay Tiwari, 34, was killed when he was covering a major fire at a factory-cum-godown in Dabri in south west Delhi on Wednesday afternoon.

Tiwari who was working for Sahara Samay for the past four years, is survived by his wife and a three-year old son.

In a condolence message, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said in Tiwari’s death, journalism has lost a promising talent. Tiwari died in the line of his duty maintaining the highest tradition of television journalism, the Minister added.

Madan Mohan, a cameraman with India News who was standing close to Tiwari, suffered injuries on his hands in the incident.

According to police, firemen who were already at the spot to douse the blaze took Tiwari out of the debris.

The police said that Tiwari got trapped inside the debris of a portion of the factory wall that collapsed after a cylinder blast in the factory.

“Tiwari, the field reporter with Sahara Samay, was covering the event for the channel when debris fell from the first floor of the building due to a cylinder blast,” said a senior fire official.

“Both were rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where Tiwari succumbed to his injuries during treatment while Mohan is recuperating and is stated to be out of danger,” added the fire official.

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