Haldiram staffer’s charred body found a month after fire
The body was identified as that of Sundar Singh Rathore, who worked in the factory’s packaging department. More than 100 workers were rushed to safety on the day of the accident, but Rathore was caught in the fire, police said.noida Updated: Oct 06, 2017 23:48 IST
A month after snacks and sweets manufacturer Haldiram’s packaging unit in Noida Sector 68 was gutted in fire, the charred body of a worker was found from the factory remains on Thursday evening.
The body was identified as that of Sundar Singh Rathore, who worked in the factory’s packaging department. More than 100 workers were rushed to safety on the day of the accident, but Rathore was caught in the fire, police said.
“A half-burnt body was found on Thursday, when some workers were removing rubble from the factory site. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” said Akhilesh Pradhan, station house officer of Phase-3 police station.
According to the police, the victim was a resident of Pratap Vihar in Ghaziabad. The victim’s wife, Pooja Rathore, said that when her husband did not return home from work on September 6 (the day of the fire accident), she lodged a missing person complaint in the Phase-3 police station on September 8.
Police said, “On the missing complaint, we kept the victim’s cell phone under technical surveillance but could not find his whereabouts. On Thursday we received a call from the factory informing us that a charred body was found from the rubble.”
The fire accident was triggered by a boiler blast at around 8pm on September 6. As many as 12 fire tenders and more than 100 firefighters managed to douse the flame after more than 15 hours. Eight fire tenders from Delhi also joined the operation.