Explosion in plastic factory in Malda district of West Bengal kills 5, injures 15

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A massive explosion rocked a plastic product manufacturing unit in Sujapur area under Kaliachak Police station of Malda district on Thursday morning killing 5 persons and critically injuring 15. The injured were taken to the Malda Medical College and Hospital. According to Police, the blast occurred around 11am.

While the exact reason behind the blast has not yet been ascertained, prima facie Police suspect that a machine inside the manufacturing unit exploded causing the blast, following which people were injured and 5 died.

 

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Fire tenders reached the spot to douze the flames and efforts are on to clear the debris as Police suspect more people could be trapped within the debris. Those who died were workers of the scrap factory.

Senior police officials of Malda district have reached the spot to ascertain what went wrong as investigations are underway.

A major portion of the factory was ripped apart by the explosion. An ex gratia amount was announced by the State government of Rs.2 lakhs to family of the deceased and Rs.50,000 to those who are injured. Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakkim reached Malda to take stock of the situation.

Meanwhile the West Bengal Home Department has ruled out illegal bomb making as the reason behind the blast, after West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted saying ” “Time @MamataOfficial to proactively contain illegal bomb making and ensure professional non partisan investigations @WBPolice.”

“The Malda Sujapur plastic factory accident today is related to manufacturing process issues and has got nothing to do with illegal bomb making, as suggested non- responsibly by some quarters.”

“DM and SP on spot have been reporting to state officers after urgent inquiries and compensation steps have been taken. A senior Minister has flown to site and it is time to be factually correct.Government is helping the victims and their families.”

But this did not silence the West Bengal Governor who again tweeted saying, “And now @HomeBengal judgmental even with five deaths, many injured, establishment ripped apart & more underground “non- responsibly by some quarters”. Why not @WBPolice investigate professionally! Why not reveal @MamataOfficial the number deaths in such bomb explosion!”

The explosion has become yet another bone of contention between the state government and the Trinamool Congress(TMC) administration that have been at loggerheads over several issues. The battle heats up head of the 2021 Assembly elections and TMC is feeling the pressure.

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