The Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into the blasts in two private explosive manufacturing factories at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh alleging they occurred due to neglect and flouting of safety norms by the factory managements.
"It is utter neglect and flouting of safety norms that have caused the blasts for which the mangements are solely responsible," CITU charged in a statement.
"Defying all safety rules applicable particularly in explosive factories, detonators and explosives were kept in the open, close by and the factories have been constructed too close in contravention of safety restrictions," it alleged.
According to state officials, 16 persons were killed while 49 persons sustained injuries in the blasts. CITU, however, claimed more than 40 lives were lost in the twin blasts and efforts were being made to supress the casualty figure.
"CITU demands that all the victims must be properly idetified and all efforts to supress the casualty figures must be stopped," its president M K Pandhe said.
"CITU demands a judicial probe into the incident to unravel the cause of the accident and fix the responsibility
on guilty persons," Pandhe said.
CITU also demanded Rs 10 lakh be given to the families of the victims as compensation and adequate amount be given to injured persons. One dependent of each dead and disabled in the incident should also be given jobs.