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Two more die in Khanna factory blast

Two more workers injured in the recent Khanna factory blast have succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 12. Khanna SDM Purshotam Singh Sodhi said two more injured workers had died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMER), Chandigarh. Ravi and Janardhan were from Uttar Pradesh.

punjab Updated: Sep 16, 2012 21:59 IST
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Two more workers injured in the recent Khanna factory blast have succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 12. Khanna SDM Purshotam Singh Sodhi said two more injured workers had died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMER), Chandigarh. Ravi and Janardhan were from Uttar Pradesh.

Sodhi said Janardhan died on Friday night while Ravi on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the police have booked six people -- three owners of the factory and three of its employees -- for causing death due to negligence.

Khanna SP, headquarters, Sarabjit Singh Pandher said Sanjeev Aggarwal, Naval Aggarwal and Kamal Aggarwal, owners of the factory, and Harish Kumar, marketing manager, Mukesh Kumar, manager, and Hem Raj, plant in-charge, had been booked. All were at large and the police were looking for them.

"The case has been registered on a complaint by Manjit Singh, a worker in the factory, who was injured in the blast and is undergoing treatment at the PGI," said Pandher.

There had been a blast followed by a fire at Sanjeev Agro Food on Tuesday night. The charred bodies of three workers were recovered from the plant after the incident while the others had succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

Deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari had ordered an inquiry into the case by Sodhi, who will submit his report on Monday.

Labour minister Surjit Kumar Jayani, who visited the factory site on Friday, has suspended factories deputy director Jatinder Singh Bhatti for alleged dereliction of duty.