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Toddler killed, sister injured in blast at illegal LPG filling unit in Ludhiana

In his complaint to the police, Sonu Kumar, uncle of the victims, said he, along with his brother’s family, lived in the labour quarters where the landlord, Sanjay Kumar alias Lala, ran a grocery store and was using one of the rooms as a warehouse.

punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2017 22:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Seven-year-old girl, Khushi, getting medical treatment at a hospital after a leaking LPG caught fire at Durga colont on Monday.(HT Photo)

A one-year-old boy was killed, while his seven-year-old sister suffered severe burns, after leaking LPG caught fire at an illegal cylinder filling unit at the labour quarters in Durga Colony on Monday evening.

In his complaint to the police, Sonu Kumar, uncle of the victims, said he, along with his brother’s family, lived in the labour quarters where the landlord, Sanjay Kumar alias Lala, ran a grocery store and was using one of the rooms as a warehouse.

Sonu alleged that on Monday evening, Sanjay was illegally filling liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in small cylinders to sell them among labourers, when his negligence led to a blast. His niece, Khushi, 7, and nephew, Aditya, 1, who were playing near the room suffered serious burn injuries,and were rushed to the Lord Mahavira civil hospital.

Sanjay managed to flee amid the melee.

Sensing the serious condition of the children, the doctors at civil hospital referred them to Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. However, Aditya succumbed to his injuries on the way to Chandigarh, while Khushi is stated to be in a critical condition.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Dhanwant Singh, who is investigating the matter, said sheer negligence of the accused cost the life of a child, while his sister was struggling for life. The police had launched a manhunt to arrest him, he added.

The ASI said the accused might have suffered injuries in the incident. Therefore, they were checking hospitals if he was admitted there for treatment.

The Sahnewal police have registered a case under Sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Sanjay.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 20:50 IST