Aizawl : Four persons were burnt to death and 17 others were injured when an oil-carrying petrol tanker caught fire at Tuirial Airfield village near Aizawl on Saturday evening.
Police on Sunday said the tanker met with an accident and overturned, following which a fire broke out when some people were taking out petrol from the tanker.
Police have launched an. investigation into the incident and suspect that the I fire might have been triggered by someone lighting a cigarette while petrol was being taken out by the locals.
The charred bodies of the four persons were taken to their respective villages after their post – mortem examinations were conducted at the Civil Hospital in Aizawl on Sunday The identification of the bodies took more than 12 hours.
Among those injured, one person sustained 100 % burns, another one suffered 80-90 % burns and four others suffered 60 % or more burns, the police said.
Except for 11 12 – year old boys who were discharged after the administration of first aid, all the other injured people were admitted to different hospitals.