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‘Singrauli units did not make explosive chemicals’

A day after twin blasts at explosive units at Baliyari Industrial Estate in Bairhan in Madhya Pradesh, 780 km northeast of Bhopal on the UP-MP border, killed at least 16 persons, officials are tight-lipped about the cause of the blasts that reduced to rubble two explosive units fully.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2009 02:37 IST

A day after twin blasts at explosive units at Baliyari Industrial Estate in Bairhan in Madhya Pradesh, 780 km northeast of Bhopal on the UP-MP border, killed at least 16 persons, officials are tight-lipped about the cause of the blasts that reduced to rubble two explosive units fully.

Officials of Singraulli district in Madhya Pradesh left the matter of ascertaining causes behind the killer blasts on a team of experts from Bhopal, saying they were presently concentrating on relief and rescue works as well as finding out how many people were still missing/feared killed.

The blasts occurred, separated by only a few minutes, at the Ideal Explosive Industries (IEI) and Rajasthan Chemica Explosives Ltd (RCEL) around 7 pm on Sunday evening.

Two experts from Gulf Oil Corporation, working with Northern Coal Fields (NCL) at neighbouring Jayant Project — Atul Khapre and MR Pradhan — however, dropped a bombshell, saying “units manufacturing explosive material at Industrial Estate, produce only Emulsion Matrix, which is non-explosive inherently and when mixed with other chemicals at blasting sites of NCL, does it result in explosion.”

“As far as we know, never in the history of India, Emulsion Matrix triggered a killer blast, which suggests there was something wrong in the units, where the blasts occurred, reducing two explosive material units to rubble,” both the experts claimed.

“Only a detailed inspection and analysis by a team of experts from Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO-Bhopal), which will be here shortly, could suggest anything concrete about causes behind the blasts,” they added.

Officials including, SDM (Singraulli) KD Tripathi and District Collector P Narahari, however, remained tight-lipped over the episode saying “we’re presently concentrating on rescue and relief works only, besides ascertaining how many people are still missing.”

Other officials at the spot overseeing digging of bodies from the debris of the two explosive units said there could be many possibilities, including natural lightning striking the units.

But many of the 49 injured being treated at hospitals in Jayant and Vindhya Nagar, contrary to officials, said there was no natural lightning before the blasts.

A significant aspect which seems being overlooked presently, is that 15 km from Baliyari, is Marha, which has been notorious for acts by naxal extremists in the past.

The two powerful blasts that shook people in a 10 km radius area within seconds at around 7 pm on Sunday evening, killed at least 16 people (three unidentified) and wounded 49 others.