At least three factory workers were killed and two others were injured in a blast at a paper mill in Baddi on Tuesday afternoon.
The blast occurred in a parked truck on the premises of Bhandari Deepak Paper Mill near Hanuman Chowk in industrial township of Baddi.
The deceased were identified as mechanical foremen Harbhajan Singh (40), resident of Punjab, electronic foreman Ravinder Pal (45), resident of Utter Pradesh and Kundan (19), a resident of Bihar.
The injured persons namely Anil and Sonu were admitted to a private hospital.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident took place in the noon when factory workers were loading the paper bundles in the truck number (HP 12 E-7363). The investigations revealed that the blast took place shortly after Harbhajan, Ravinder and Kundan switched on the welding set to carry out some routine operations.
This police suspect that this might have led to heating up of fuel tank of the truck that suddenly blasted; leaving all three dead on the spot.
Soon after receipt of the information a police team along with fire tenders reached the spot. The impact of the blast was so strong that it broke the window panes of the factory office.
Later, the bodies of the victims were sent for post mortem examination to Nalagarh hospital. A case has been registered.