Boiler explosion in Bengaluru food factory,two killed,three injured in blast

Yogesh K Porwar.Avanth Kumar Kankaria

The condiments unit where the blast took place killing two persons and injuring three workers is situated in the residential area adjacent and running without required permission, the probe revealed .

The blast was heard up to a kilometre away and had created panic among the residents.

The deceased has been identified as,Manish,20, Sourav,21,both natives of Bihar.

Both were to get married next March and were working at the site just since July 2021 only.

The injured persons are identified as Dhanalakshmi,52,Shanti,40,and Sachin aged around 35 years,one of the partner of the factory.

As soon as the incident was reported four fire engine rushed to the spot with local police visited the spot and took all precautionary measures.

Senior officers as,Addl CP West, Soumendhu Mukherjee,DCP West, Dr Sanjeev M Patil,ACP, Nanjundegowda,PI,GT Sreenivas with other neighbouring station staff rushed to spot and cordoned off the area.

After inspecting the spot and collecting information from the eyewitness and residents,Senior officer told reporters,According to preliminary investigation,the Fire and Emergency Department officials said that the blast happened in one of the boilers in the factory.

The fire spread to the factory has been doused and the situation is under control.The temperature of another boiler has been controlled.

At the time of the blast there were five persons in the factory.Two of them died at the spot.The injured persons have been rushed to the burns ward in Victoria Hospital for treatment.

According to locals, the injured persons have sustained severe injuries.The police said Dhanalakshi and Shanti are in critical condition. The two women are residents of Gopalapura.

The factory was set up in the locality seven to eight months ago and the labourers have worked at the factory since its inception.

The BBMP health officials and the officials of factories and boilers department and FSL team visited the spot and conducting a detailed probe.

While the BBMP officials probing about the trading license issue FSL and factories and boilers department officials are investigating the cause of the blast.

The unit was running in the residential area and action will be initiated as per the law based on the violations, a senior bbmp official said.

The fire and emergency service personnel who rushed to the spot and contained the fire said that the major mishap was averted as the unit had stored 15 LPG cylinders in the unit.

Luckily before the fire did not reach the cylinders it was contained a senior official of the fire and emergency services,said .

We will verify if the factory owner Vijay Mehta and Sachin obtained a licence and permission from the concerned departments.Magadi Road police have taken up the case and are investigating further he added.