2 killed, 6 injured in Ambala factory blast
Two people were killed and six others injured - two of them seriously - when the building of Jahar Glass Factory in Khozkipur village near Ambala Cantt collapsed after a huge blast on Thursday.chandigarh Updated: Oct 24, 2013 21:32 IST
Two people were killed and six others injured - two of them seriously - when the building of Jahar Glass Factory in Khozkipur village near Ambala Cantt collapsed after a huge blast on Thursday.
The blast occurred soon after the factory opened at 9 am and eight employees including factory partner Raj Pal were buried under the debris, informed locals. After a deafening sound from the factory, the building came down in minutes and a large number of people from adjoining areas gathered, they added.
Locals said large number of LPG and hydrogen cylinders were stored in the factory where the two inflammable gases were mixed for factory work. Factory owner, Arvind Rana, fled from the spot right after the blast.
Mahesh Nagar police and fire tenders reached the spot in about half an hour and started with rescue operations. Around six people were rescued till afternoon, while bodies of two workers were retrieved in the evening, said residents.
According to sources, two people remained buried in the debris till 1 pm and only after the administration contacted the army authorities, were they taken out at 5 pm. However, they could not be saved.
The dead have been identified as Mandeep Singh, 24, of Barara and Anil Kumar, 23, of Jatwad village. Those injured include Raj Pal, 35, Arun Kumar, 26, Jagtar, 26, Pardeep Kumar, 28, and have been admitted to a local hospital, while Rajesh, 20, and Gurjeet Singh were seriously injured and were sent to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
Police commissioner Rajbir Deswal, deputy commissioner (DC) K Makrand Pandurang, member of legislative assembly (MLA) Anil Vij and municipal corporation mayor Ramesh Mal reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation.
The DC informed that the SDM Viney Partap Singh had been asked to conduct an enquiry and submit the report within a month.
Deswal said a case against the factory owners under various sections of IPC including Explosive Act has been registered at Mahesh Nagar police station.
Three fire tenders, two JCB machines and one crane were pressed into rescue operation which lasted till 5.30 pm, said sources.
The police had a tough time controlling the people who gathered at the spot in large numbers.