Four persons were arrested for the explosion at a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in Goregaon on Friday. The explosion had led to the death of a 19-year-old boy and had injured two others.
At around 3.30pm on Friday, the Vanrai police arrested Ramesh Dudhare, 60, the water tanker owner, Gulam Tahir Sarotiya, 46, one of the owners of the fuel station, Bhushan Jaiswal, 45, the tankertruck driver and Ganesh More, 40, who worked at the fuel station. The police charged them for culpable homicide not amounting to murder."We will interrogate the driver and the tanker owner for negligence on their part," said Sudhir Ranshevre, senior inspector of Vanrai police.
The police also seized the tanker and informed the Regional Transport Office (RTO) after which further inspections will be conducted on the vehicle. The RTO officials will be inspecting the tanker thoroughly to ascertain if the explosion occurred due to faulty cylinders.
Santosh Khadke, sub-inspector of Vanrai police said, "The vehicle must undergo a check every five years. We now know that the last routine check was conducted on the vehicle in 2005. No check was conducted even after the due date in 2008."
The inspectors and engineers affiliated with Mahanagar Gas Limited will also conduct an inspection. The report of the vehicle's inspection will be sent to the collector's office and to the RTO as well, added Ranshevre.
The accused have been remanded in police custody till Monday and the police said that further action would be taken after their interrogation.
On Friday, Rakesh Saroj, 19, died after he sustained injuries after four cylinders of compressed natural gas (CNG) attached to a water tanker exploded at around 6.45am.
Rameshchandra Joshi and Somnath Suryavanshi, who were injured in the incident, have been discharged after preliminary medical treatment.