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MP factory fire update: Rescue operation still continues after 11 die in Harda | VIDEO

Madhya Pradesh: The factory, situated in the Bairagarh locality on the outskirts of Harda town, is approximately 150 km away from the state capital, Bhopal.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Harda Updated on: February 07, 2024 9:32 IST
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Image Source : PTI Harda: Rescue and relief work is underway after a blast took place at a firecracker factory in Harda, Madhya Pradesh.

Rescue operations are ongoing in Harda, Madhya Pradesh, following a devastating explosion at a firecracker factory in Madhya Pradesh's Harda. Eleven people lost their lives in the explosion, while 174 others sustained injuries in the incident that occurred on Tuesday. Rescue teams are tirelessly working to assist those affected by the explosion, highlighting the urgent need for support and relief efforts in the region. "Rescue operations are underway, and the death toll remains the same (at 11)," said Harda SDM KC Parte.

Owners of firecrackers unit arrested; another detained

Two owners of the firecracker factory have been apprehended by the police. Additionally, one person has been detained in connection with the incident.

Arrests made after FIR filed

The owners, identified as Rajesh Agrawal and Somesh Agrawal, were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, among other charges, following the filing of an FIR on Tuesday evening. Another individual named Rafiq Khan was detained for questioning.

Chief Minister's visit scheduled

Chief Minister Mohan Yadav is slated to visit Harda on Wednesday to meet with the injured and the families of the deceased, according to an official statement.

Investigation and evacuation efforts underway

The cause of the explosion remains unknown, with authorities launching an investigation into the matter. The state government has requested the assistance of the Army's helicopters for evacuation purposes.

Treatment and casualty updates

Out of the 174 individuals rescued from the site, 34 have been referred to hospitals in Bhopal and Hoshangabad, while the remaining 140 are receiving treatment at the district hospital. Regrettably, 11 fatalities have been reported thus far.

Committee formed for detailed probe

The Madhya Pradesh government has formed a three-member committee, headed by the Additional Chief Secretary (Home), to conduct a thorough investigation into the explosion. The committee is tasked with determining the responsible parties and identifying any lapses in prevention measures.

Also read | Madhya Pradesh: 3 accused, including owner of factory that caught fire in Harda, arrested

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