ICP truck blast probe: Authorities say truck not fit for carrying chemical, also had leakage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 21, 2014 20:41 IST

Almost two months after a truck carrying hydrogen peroxide exploded inside the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari Border, the district administration has found that the material of the truck carrying the chemical was not compatible and was overloaded.

On October 1, a truck carrying hydrogen peroxide had exploded near the main gate of the ICP, creating panic among officials and intelligence agencies.

The impact of the blast was so strong that the tank carrying the liquid flew off and hit a wall about 300 metres away. To know the exact reason of the blast, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat had ordered a probe under sub-divisional magistrate (SDM-1) Rohit Gupta.

After submitting his report on Friday, Gupta said, "It was found in the probe that the truck was not fit to carry the chemical and was overloaded. Moreover, the truck had been leaking since the past few hours and few people who had knowledge of the same had ignored it. I have submitted my report to the DC and now it is up to him to initiate further action."

Gupta said each truck that enters the ICP for trade needs to give a fitness certificate as this will raise safety levels. He added that when chemicals like hydrogen peroxide are traded, more precautions need to be adopted.

The Amritsar rural police had registered a case against unidentified persons immediately after the blast and now, the further course of action will depend on the deputy commissioner.

After the blast, the authorities at the ICP had stopped the import of hydrogen peroxide for a few days but now, the trade is back to normal.

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