The incident took place at a unit manufacturing noodles and other food items in Muzaffarpur’s Bela industrial area on Sunday, in which seven people were injured. The police have registered a case in this regard against the owner of the factory, his wife, the manager and the workers engaged to repair the boiler.
Muzaffarpur: Seven people were killed and seven others were injured when a boiler exploded at a factory in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Sunday morning. An FIR has been registered in this regard.
A senior official said that the factory building collapsed in the incident and several nearby buildings were also damaged.
Leading the investigation, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Naresh Paswan said that seven people have been made accused in the FIR. The accused include ‘Noodles Factory’ owner Vikas Modi, his wife Shweta, manager Uday Shankar and other workers hired to repair the ‘boiler’.
Police said that the accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and their search is on.
Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Pranay Kumar said on Sunday that a boiler exploded at around 9.30 am inside a unit manufacturing noodles and other food items in Bela industrial area. The sound of the explosion was heard far and wide and many other buildings in the area were also damaged due to its impact, while the factory building was reduced to rubble.
Officials of the local administration, police and fire department personnel reached the spot for the rescue operation. Seven bodies were pulled out from the rubble and sent for postmortem.
At the same time, seven people injured in this incident have been sent to SKMCH Referral Hospital, where their condition is stated to be critical.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the family of the deceased and a team to be constituted to probe the cause of the blast and fix accountability.
According to the Muzaffarpur District Magistrate, three of the dead have been identified and the compensation checks have been handed over to their family members.
He said, “Efforts are on to identify the remaining dead. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel assisted the administration in clearing the debris and we can say that there are no bodies in the debris now.
According to India Today, a team of Bihar Police under the leadership of DSP of Muzaffarpur city is investigating the matter. Earlier, Bihar minister Ramsurat Rai assured that a high-level inquiry would be conducted and action would be taken against those found guilty.
The Prime Minister has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident at a factory in Muzaffarpur. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 each.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 26, 2021
In a tweet on Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives. .
The PMO said, ‘Rs 50,000 will be given to the injured.’
(with input from news agency language)
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