A day after four people were killed in a powerful blast at a cold store in Dhuri town of Sangrur district, police on Saturday booked its owners for causing death by negligence.
Dhuri sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) has also initiated an inquiry into the blast that ripped the building and also left 17 people injured, including a two-year-old child of one of the owners.
Dhuri station house officer Harjinder Singh said all labourers who were trapped in the building have been rescued.
“We have recorded statements of the victims and are carrying out further probe,” he said.
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A case has been registered against brothers Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh of Kaheru village, owners of Guru Nanak cold store, under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 337, 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code. No arrest has been made so far.
What triggered the blast is not yet clear. The first-information report (FIR) mentions that the owner ignored the labourers’ complaint about a fault in the compressor of the refrigerator in the cold store, which led to the blast.
“We are looking into all aspects. Technical teams are being called in to inspect the blast site,” said SDM Amrinder Singh.
Around 20 labourers were busy piling up the stock of potatoes kept inside the store when the blast took place.
“I was on the first floor when the blast took place. When I regained consciousness, I helped in rescuing other labourers,” said Chaman Singh, an injured labourer.