Police investigations in the Kohand gas container explosion case have zeroed in on the conniving role of certain officials of the Indian Oil Corporation at the Panipat refinery.
Confirming this, the superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand said that role of several residents of Kohand village is also under scanner in the pilferage of loaded gas containers.
He said that the container consigned to be emptied at the IOCL's Panipat refinery actually came out loaded from there and landed near Kohand in Karnal district.
It confirms collusion of the refinery officials with those involved in pilferage of the gas. Several members of the mafia were reportedly injured when a container carrying the highly inflammable propane gas exploded near Kohand village in the district on June 1.
The mafia men were siphoning gas used for commercial purposes and it caught fire and caused massive fire on the spot.
One handloom factory reduced to ashes where several mills and a poultry farm suffered losses due to the fire.
The police could not spot anyone as none was admitted in any hospital in Karnal or the adjoining Panipat district. Villagers had alleged that soon after the blast several injured were taken of the fire and taken away in SUVs by the unidentified persons.
However, the SP informed that following investigations at least four persons who sustained burn injuries in the incident have been identified and the police was maintaining a close watch on them.
"We have directed the doctors treating them that they should not be discharged without information to the Karnal police. Since they are injured, their statements could not be recorded by the police," said the SP.
He said that the driver and cleaner of the truck carrying the gas container were still absconding. "Our teams are camping at two different identified spots and we hope that both accused would soon be arrested," he said.