Two more labourers, who were seriously burnt in the blast at a steel factory in Mandi Gobindgarh, have succumbed, hospital authorities said on Tuesday, taking the number of dead in the incident to nine.
Param, a spokesperson of Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College hospital, said one of the labourers, 45-year-old Manohar, who hailed from Himachal Pradesh, had died on Monday and another, Pramod Kumar,18, from Bihar, breathed his last on Tuesday.
Eighteen workers, all migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Nepal, working with Rudra Alloys Private Limited at Ambemajra village were injured when a blast occurred in its furnace unit on November 21.
The blast was so intense that it caused cracks in houses in the vicinity, and shoes of factory workers were found strewn 200 m away.
The critically injured were shifted to the CMC, Ludhiana, where one of them was declared brought dead. Seven others succumbed to their injuries over the following week. Of the nine other injured, a labourer Jugnu is still critical.
The police have registered a case against the owners of the factory on charges of causing grievous hurt by acts endangering life or personal safety of others and also culpable homicide not amounting to murder of the Indian Penal Code.
No arrests have, however, been made as the police are struggling to find out what exactly led to the blast and fix responsibility.
“The investigation is under process. We are waiting for a report from the forensic department post after which we can take further action,” said Rajvinder Singh Sohal, superintendent of police (detective), Fatehgarh Sahib.