Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has left Surat to visit Raebareli on Thursday in the aftermath of an unfortunate incident at the Unchahar plant of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd last night, where a boiler pipe explosion left at least 18 people dead and injuring more than 100 individuals. The Congress vice-president earlier tweeted his condolences over the deaths after the tragic incident, “I am deeply saddened with the incident at the Rae Bareli’s NTPC plant. My heartfelt condolences are with the family of the deceased. I request the administration to help the injured immediately.” On Wednesday, the 47-year old Congress leader was in Gujarat where he accused the BJP government both at the Centre and state of promoting crony capitalism.

Taking cognizance of the tragic incident Rahul took to Twitter where he announced that he will visit Rae Bareli tomorrow morning. “Due to the unfortunate NTPC accident, I will visit Rae Bareli tomorrow morning. I will join Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra in the afternoon,” said Rahul Gandhi, who was in poll-bound Gujarat as part of his three-day Navsarjan Yatra, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who represents Rae Bareli in Lok Sabha also conveyed her deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved. “I express shock and horror at the terrible tragedy in Rae Bareli, where many people lost their lives in a boiler blast in NTPC and several others injured today,” Sonia Gandhi said in a statement. 

According to sources, at least 20 people have lost their lives and more than 100 are injured after a boiler pipe exploded at the Unchahar plant of NTPC Ltd in Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The District Magistrate (DM) of Rae Bareli said that the pressure at NTPC plant could have led to the massive explosion in the ash-pipe. The pipe of the NTPC plant was reported to be at least 30 years mature. After the horrific incident, the NTPC issued a statement where they confirmed the disastrous event, “An unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW under the trial unit of NTPC–Unchahar occurred this afternoon,” the NTPC said in a statement.