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  India   All India  11 Mar 2018  Major forest fire in TN: Over 20 students trapped, rescue operations underway

Major forest fire in TN: Over 20 students trapped, rescue operations underway

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Published : Mar 11, 2018, 7:45 pm IST
Updated : Mar 11, 2018, 8:03 pm IST

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was informed that 10-15 students have been rescued.

Indian Air Force has been instructed to help in rescue operations and evacuation. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)
 Indian Air Force has been instructed to help in rescue operations and evacuation. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

Theni: Over 20 students, who were on a trekking expedition, are reported to be trapped in a major forest fire in Tamil Nadu's Theni district. 

On a request from chief minister E Palanisamy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has instructed the Indian Air Force to help in rescue operations and evacuation of students.

Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam has also rushed to the spot.

Conservator of forests, Madurai circle, R K Jegania said that the students from the college had not obtained permission for trekking, according to a Times of India report.

Theni district collector Pallavi Baldev ruled out any causality at the moment.

The district collector also informed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that 10-15 students have been rescued and are being  brought down from the hill.

More details in the incident are awaited.

Tags: nirmala sitharaman, students trapped, forest fire, indian air force
Location: India, Tamil Nadu, Theni