12 people killed, 21 injured in factory explosion in UP’s Hapur
At least 12 workers died and 21 were injured when a boiler exploded at a factory in Hapur district, western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday afternoon, officials said.
There were about 30 people in the affected area of the UPSIDC industrial zone factory in Dholana, about 80 km from the national capital, when the incident took place, they said.
The impact of the explosion was so intense that the roofs of some of the nearby factories were damaged. It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze.
Hapur Police Superintendent Deepak Bhuker said 12 people were dead and 21 injured and under treatment.
“The factory has been given permission to manufacture electronic items. And now it’s a question of what exactly was going on here. It’s a sad incident. Forensic teams have arrived here and are collecting samples “, said the district magistrate of Hapur Medha. Roopam said.
“Our efforts are aimed at ensuring that the injured receive the best medical treatment. Some of them have been referred to Safdarjung Hospital,” she added.
Other factories in the area will be inspected, the district magistrate said, adding that action would also be taken against the relevant officials if it is discovered in the investigation that the incident took place due to their laxity.
The plant is located next to a CNG pump. Rescue and relief measures have been taken at the site, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath have expressed their grief over the loss of life.
“The accident at Hapur chemical plant in Uttar Pradesh is heartbreaking. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. The state government is actively involved in caring for the injured and all help possible,” Modi tweeted.
The Chief Minister ordered the incident to be investigated by experts.
In a statement released in Lucknow, Adityanath called on the district administration to extend all possible assistance to the relatives of the deceased and injured.
He also said necessary care should be given to the injured.
The Meerut Divisional Commissioner and the Inspector General were tasked to visit the site and ensure the effective implementation of the relief works.
“May God give peace to the deceased souls and strength to the bereaved families to bear the immense loss. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” tweeted Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development Minister Nand Gopal Gupta ‘Nandi’ .
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