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Chhattisgarh: Eight workers go missing after massive blast at explosives manufacturing factory

According to the local villagers, the intensity of the blast was such that it had left about a 30-foot-deep crater. The local authorities launched a rescue operation after the blast.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Raipur Updated on: May 26, 2024 21:05 IST
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A tense situation prevailed on Sunday after at least eight workers were reportedly went missing following a blast at an explosives manufacturing factory in Chhattisgarh's Bemetara district on Saturday.

Officials said the situation near the blast site in Pirda remained tense as villagers, particularly those who claimed their relatives were missing after the incident, staged a protest.

At least one person was killed and six others were injured in the explosion at Special Blasts Limited near Pirda village in Berla development block on Saturday, where rescuers have also found body parts.

Bemetara Superintendent of Police Ramkrishna Sahu said, "Family members of eight workers have lodged the complaint with police stating they are missing after the blast at the factory."

Body parts have been recovered from the debris at the blast site and the rescue operation is over, he said.

"The bodies were blown into pieces in the explosion and DNA examination will be done to identify them," Sahu added.

Bemetara Collector Ranbir Sharma said the factory management has been instructed to provide a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the eight missing workers and they are instantly being given a cheque of Rs 5 lakh each (by the factory management).

"The rescue operation, involving personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), police, and district administration, is over and the samples of body parts will be sent for DNA examination to identify the persons," he said.

Experts from the Jabalpur-based ordnance factory of the Army were contacted on Sunday to assist in the rescue operation, the collector added.

The compensation announced by the state government will be given after the DNA examination of the body parts is completed, Sharma said.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident and further action will be taken against those found guilty after the probe, he said.

Villagers from Borsi, Pirda and other nearby villages have set up a tent in front of the factory and are staging protests.

Police personnel are deployed around the factory premises because of the tense situation.

Some eyewitnesses had told local news channels that at least 100 people were working in the explosives manufacturing factory when the blast occurred. They had claimed several people were missing and feared trapped under the debris.

The state government announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured, who will be treated by the government.

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