BIRGUNJ: Two workers of the Bhagawati Steel Industries in the Bara-Parsa industrial corridor in Jitpur‚ died today after acid-filled tanks exploded and caused fire.
According to police‚ Naresh Paswan of Chhatapipara and Kanhaiya Sah of Bhatauda died after fuel tanks exploded and caught fire while they were trying to fix a pipe onto a tank at about 9:30am. “The workers were welding a pipe onto the furnace tank‚ which exploded along with another one and caught fire. Both the tanks were filled with acid‚” said Bishal Sharma‚ owner of the industry‚ adding the repair work was gong on for the past three days.
“The contractors must empty the fuel tank before any work is started. They failed to follow the routine procedure and the acid-filled tanks exploded‚” said the kin of the deceased‚ hinting at negligence on the part of contractor Krishna Sapkota.
Following the incident‚ locals along with the army and police personnel took the fire under control about two hours later.
Meanwhile‚ police have detained the industry’s administrative in-charge Dharmendra Karna and contractor Sapkota’s representative Sanjaya Das. They have been kept in the custody of Area Police Office‚ Jitpur. Police said they would take initiatives to get compensation for victims’ kin after holding a meeting with the industry management and the contractor.
Joint Trade Union Coordination Committee Parsa-Bara-Rautahat Coordinator Suresh Gupta described the incident as unfortunate and assured that his organisation would do the needful to provide compensation to the victims’ families after the investigation was completed.