Cylin­der fill­ing at home sparks ex­plo­sion, kills 2

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Tragedy struck a fam­ily on Vi­jayadasham­i day af­ter a wo­man and her daugh­ter were killed in an ex­plo­sion trig­gered by il­le­gal cylin­der fill­ing at Karawal Na­gar on Tues­day morn­ing.

A me­chanic, who re­pairs gas stoves and runs a shop in the area, was also in­jured in the in­ci­dent af­ter he tried to fix the cylin­der leak­age at the vic­tims’ house. The blast ripped through the walls of the room, and the bod­ies of the women were blown to pieces.

Po­lice said that the de­ceased have been iden­ti­fied as Ram­biri (62) and her daugh­ter Hem­lata

(38), and the in­jured as Ra­jesh (42). On Tues­day morn­ing, Ram­biri went to her daugh­ter’s house in the area af­ter per­form­ing puja. She took a box of sweets to be given to her daugh­ter and her fam­ily mem­bers. See­ing her mother, Hem­lata went to make tea for her in the kitchen, but there was some leak­age is­sue with the gas. She called Ra­jesh to fix the prob­lem.

Af­ter an in­spec­tion, the me­chanic tried to fill a small cylin­der from the big cylin­der in use, which led to the blast. All three were present in the kitchen at the time of the ex­plo­sion.

“The blast oc­curred in New Saba­pur area in Karawal Na­gar. We re­ceived a call around 10.45 am, and two fire ten­ders were sent to the spot. A probe re­vealed that the me­chanic was fill­ing a small cylin­der, which led to the ex­plo­sion,” said a fire of­fi­cer.

A rel­a­tive of the de­ceased later al­leged that the fire ten­ders ar­rived late. “The neigh­bours heard a loud noise and came out. Flame could be seen bil­low­ing out of the house. I also rushed from my house, only to see that flames were ris­ing. We tried to use wa­ter and douse the fire, but it was too late,” said Jitin Ku­mar, the rel­a­tive of the de­ceased fam­ily.

Hem­lata’s hus­band had passed away eight years back af­ter suf­fer­ing a pro­longed ill­ness. She is sur­vived by her son Arun (18) and daugh­ter Kashish (12). While Arun was out for work when the in­ci­dent oc­curred, Kashish was at her aunt’s house.

“A case un­der ap­pro­pri­ate sec­tions has been lodged at Karawal Na­gar po­lice sta­tion. We will ask the fire de­part­ment to con­duct an in­spec­tion to as­cer­tain the cause of fire,” said Ved Prakash Surya, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, North-East.

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