Noida: Girl dies after falling into molten hot-mix at mixer plant
fter the incident, locals staged a demonstration near the hot mix plant alleging that it was being illegally operated in the area and is a source of noise and air pollution in the locality.Updated: Oct 20, 2017 22:33 IST
A 12-year-old girl was charred to death after she accidentally fell into a hot silo in a bitumen-concrete mixing plant at Chhajarsi village in Noida’s Sector 63.
Within seconds after falling into the hot silo, containing molten tar and concrete, the girl’s body turned into a lump of molten flesh. Her remains was taken out from the silo with the help of an earthmover.
After the incident, locals staged a demonstration near the hot mix plant alleging that it was being illegally operated in the area and is a source of noise and air pollution in the locality. The plant does not have any well demarcated boundary wall, the locals said.
According to the police, the incident took place on Friday morning when the girl had gone to fetch ‘cow dung’ for performing Govardhan puja at her residence.
“The victim has been identified as 12 year-old Kritika Mishra, a resident of Chhajarsi and a student of class 8 at a local private school,” Akhilesh Pradhan, the station house officer of Phase 3 police station, said.
Kritika lived with her grandparents, mother and a younger brother in a rented accommodation in Chhajarsi.
Her grandfather Anil Kumar Dwivedi said that Kritika and her younger brother Himanshu, 7, had gone to fetch cow dung for performing Govardhan puja.
“I had just come back from work, when my grandson Himanshu came running and informed us that Kritika had slipped into a hot silo in the hot mix plant. We immediately rushed to the spot to rescue her, but by then, she had been charred to death,” Dwivedi said.
The victim’s father had died in 2009 and she had since been living with her grandparents.
Around 8.30am on Friday, Kritika and Himanshu were walking on a mound alongside the plant when she accidentally slipped into the silo containing molten tar. Locals tried to enter the silo using a ladder, but the temperature inside was too high for anyone to enter it. Finally, the girl’s body was recovered using an earthmover, her uncle Rohit Dwivedi said, adding that she was a bright student.
PK Garg, project engineer, Noida authority, told Hindustan Times that the plant has been seized after the accident.
Garg said, “All workers and plant operators had already fled the spot by the time we reached. They had not sought approval of the authority before the plant went into operation. We will inspect whether the plant operators had obtained clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).”
“Based on the complaint of her parents, we have registered a case under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code against the plant owner, Pramod Gupta. The girl’s body has been sent for postmortem examination and further investigations are on in the matter,” Pradhan said.
First Published: Oct 20, 2017 22:33 IST