Labourer dies in blast at factory

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2014 21:28 IST

A labourer died and another suffered injuries due to a blast in the air pollution plant (APP) of a factory at Focal Point Phase 5 on late Thursday night.

The number of labourers working in the factory was low during the night shift otherwise the situation could have been worse.

The deceased has been identified as Narinder Kumar (22), a resident of Savan Vihar of Bhamian road. Hailing from Rohtash in Bihar, Narinder was working in the unit for the past over a year.
Injured Chandan Kashyap (35), who was operating the machine, is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Kumar was the nephew of Kashyap.

Owner of the factory, APS Associates, Paramjit Singh of Model Town area had installed the air pollution plant around two years ago.

According to labourers, smoke started emanating from the furnace on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Kashyap switched on the air pollution plant. After a few minutes, there was a blast in the plant and Narinder, who was standing near the plant, died on the spot, while Kashyap suffered severe injuries.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, city-2) Jagdev Singh Sidhu, assistant commissioner of police (south) Rupinder Kaur and police force from the Focal Point police station reached the spot and initiated investigation.

Inspector Surinder Singh, station house officer of the Focal Point police station, said as per preliminary investigation, the air pollution plant was blocked and the blast took place due to pressure.

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