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Death toll in Jaipur’s transformer explosion mounts to 14

Sources said the transformer had been repaired and installed only six days ago while Jaipur discom managing director RG Gupta said that reports of oil leakage from the transformer were incorrect

jaipur Updated: Nov 01, 2017 16:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Transformer,Rajyavardhan Rathore,SMS Hospital
Bodies of victims lie at the site of the transformer blast in Shahpura on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

The toll in the transformer explosion Jaipur’s Khatauli village rose to 14 Wednesday, officials said. The victims include a pregnant woman and her stillborn child. The explosion near Shahpura town Tuesday had killed five persons at the spot while injuring 22 others.

D S Meena, medical superintendent of SMS Hospital, where most of the injured were admitted, said, “Five people had died during treatment last night while three others succumbed on Wednesday. They all were admitted with severe burn injuries.”

“Women were performing ‘Bhaat ceremony’ (pre-wedding function) when the incident took place. Five persons had died on the spot and 22 others were rushed to the SMS Hospital. Out of the 22, nine more deaths, mostly that of women, have been reported. The casualties also included a pregnant lady. Three persons were discharged,” DSP Shahpura, Bhag Chand Meena, said.

Jaipur collector Siddharth Mahajan confirmed the report. Seven people were undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said.

Union Minister and Jaipur Rural MP Rajyavardhan Rathore visited the site of the explosion in Khatulai village and also met the family members of the injured at SMS Hospital.

Sources said that the transformer had been repaired an installed only six days ago. Jaipur discom managing director RG Gupta told HT that reports of oil leakage from the transformer were incorrect. He termed the explosion “a rarest of rare case”.

On Tuesday, state power minister Pushpendra Singh had ordered an inquiry into the incident. The government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

“The Jaipur Vidhyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVVNL) will give Rs 5 lakh to family of the deceased and additional Rs 5 lakh will be provided through CM relief fund,” the DC said.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje ordered a high-level probe into the incident after meeting the victims at the SMS hospital.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot called the incident unfortunate and said the explosion took place due to non-maintenance of the transformer. “It is a very unfortunate incident and a high-level probe should be ordered to identify the people responsible for the negligence,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, villagers and local leaders thronged the area in protest against the electricity department for alleged criminal negligence.

The bereaved families also refused to send the bodies for postmortem, until an investigation was ordered and adequate compensation announced.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 15:19 IST