Dom­bivli blast death toll touches 12

Au­thor­i­ties wind up res­cue op­er­a­tion af­ter re­cov­er­ing all bodies from the de­bris and lo­cat­ing those who were miss­ing

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Naveeta Singh s_ naveeta@ dnain­dia. net

On Satur­day, the death toll in the Dom­bivli boiler blast touched 12. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, all the miss­ing peo­ple were found, bring­ing the res­cue op­er­a­tion, on since Thurs­day, to an end.

The res­cuers re­cov­ered one more body on Satur­day in the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Probace en­ter­prises in Dom­bivli’s MIDC ( Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion) area. “We have re­cov­ered all the bodies from the de­bris and most of the miss­ing have been found, iden­ti­fied ei­ther among the in­jured or the dead,” said as­sis­tant in­spec­tor Jayen­dra Bhoir, Man­pada po­lice sta­tion, Dom­bivli east.

The blast that took place at 11.30am on Thurs­day was so in­tense that it de­stroyed six ad­ja­cent fac­to­ries. Even res­i­den­tial build­ings and schools within a 3km ra­dius were not spared with their glass win­dows shat­ter­ing and doors and shut­ters of shops com­ing out.

The dead also in­clude three mem­bers of the Vakatkar fam­ily which owned the com­pany — Nan­dan ( 33), his younger brother Sumeet ( 30) and Sumeet’s wife Sonal ( 28); their bodies were re­cov­ered from the de­bris late on Fri­day. Their fa­ther Dr Vish­was Vakatkar, who was not on the fac­tory premises at the time of the blast, has been hos­pi­talised as he fell ill af­ter hear­ing about the deaths.

The po­lice have reg­is­tered a case against the Vakatkars un­der sec­tions 304 ( 2) ( homi­cide), 337 ( en­dan­ger­ing life and safe- ty), 338 ( neg­li­gently en­dan­ger hu­man life) and 427 ( mis­chief) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. “No ar­rests have been made as of now,” said Bhoir.

Also, as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure, in­spec­tors from the safety depart­ment of MIDC will carry out in­spec­tions of all in­dus­tries in the area. “As per Thane dis­trict col­lec­tor Dr Ma­hen­dra Kalyankar’s or­der, our in­spec­tors will inspect all units in the area to avoid such in­ci­dents in the fu­ture,” said SS Jag­tap, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, MIDC.

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