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3 killed as firecrackers kept illegally in house explodes near Lucknow

The impact of the explosion was so severe that the body parts of the victims were flung several meters from the blast site and the house from where the factory was operating was completely demolished

lucknow Updated: Jun 04, 2018 20:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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People gather around the explosion site in Kakori area of Lucknow on Monday. (HT Photo)

Three people were killed and as many injured in an explosion at an illegal fire-cracker factory in Munna Lal Kheda village of Kakori near Lucknow on Monday.

The impact of the explosion was so severe that the body parts of the victims were flung several meters from the blast site and the house from where the factory was operating was completely demolished.

The deceased have been identified as Nasir, 45, who was running the illegal factory, and his daughter Nasreen, 18. They were residents of Faridipur in Dubagga which falls under Thakurganj police station.

The third victim was Ram Saran, a labourer from Bahraich. He was employed at a snacks factory operating from the adjacent house.

The three injured were Vinod and Lalji, both relatives, and Ram Prasad. All of them are from Lakhimpur Kheri district, about 130 km from the state capital. They were rushed to KGMU.

After the incident, police raided Nasir’s house in Faridipur and detained his son and wife. During the raid, the police also recovered crackers from the house.

Police said Nasir had rented the place for Rs 700 per month to operate the factory about six months ago.

“Nasir had an explosives’ manufacturing licence that expired around six months ago. He was running the fire factory illegally from the house of Lodhi that he took on rent,” said Gaurav Grover, superintendent of police (Rural).

As news of the blast spread in the area, a large number of people from adjoining villages reached the blast site.

Cops had a tough time in recovering the body parts of the deceased from the nearby fields as small lumps of body parts were scattered all across the area.

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 16:31 IST