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Santacruz cylinder blast: Man, 2 sons dead, wife fights for life

Four persons were killed and three injured, in an LPG cylinder explosion in suburban Santacruz, Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2015 23:16 IST
Manish Pathak
Manish Pathak
Hindustan Times
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The impact of the blast was such that people came rushing out of their houses. (Pratham Gokhale/HT photo)

Nandini Dixit, who lost her husband Kapil and three other family members in the cylinder blast at Santacruz (East), had a lucky escape herself as she had stepped over to a neighbour’s house minutes before the incident.

Her children – Pritesh, Priya and Pooja – are safe because they had left for college in the morning.

The family of Kapil’s brother, Rajdev, was not so lucky. Rajdev and his two sons, Jitendra, 22, and Yashwant, 17, died in the accident along with Kapil. Rajdev’s wife Shail Kumari is hospitalised with 90% burns.

The tragedy has stunned the whole neighbourhood, locals said. Pritesh, Priya and Pooja are in a state of shock and cannot control their tears.

Neighbours said the explosion at the Dixits’ home shook the entire area.

The impact of the blast was such that people came rushing out of their houses. When the injured Kumari tried to come out of the house, the door got locked behind her.

Kamala Negi, the Dixits’ family friend, had a key to the house and with the help of other neighbours, opened the door to let out Rajdev and his sons trapped inside. However, it was already too late.

“The cries of burning Shail are still ringing in my ears. There was little we could do except pour water on her,” said Negi.

Kumari was rushed to VN Desai hospital with the help of neighbours and fire brigade officials.

Haushila Dixit, Kapil’s cousin, said he had gone out for work, when some of the neighbours called him up and told him about the cylinder blast.

He said he came back only to find the entire house gutted and watch his relatives suffer helplessly. “Kapil was very happy as they were searching for a groom for his daughter. This tragedy has shattered us,” he said.

The Dixit family is originally from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, and has been living in Mumbai for more than 50 years. Kapil’s father Dan Bhadur Dixit, who lives next door, retired from a media house.

Reporter molested at site of blast
A woman journalist from a vernacular news channel was molested and assaulted while she was reporting on the scene of the incident on Thursday. The Nirmal Nagar police have registered cases of molestation, assault and rioting under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal code against five to six youngsters

The incident took place in the afternoon, when the woman was at the spot reporting. The accused threw stones at her, the police said. When she questioned them, they assaulted her and some other mediapersons present on the spot.

According to the police, the accused were onlookers from nearby slums and are likely to be arrested soon. One suspect has been detained for questioning.

First Published: Jul 16, 2015 15:39 IST