25 people were killed and 8 people are critically injured in a major explosion in fire cracker factory on Wednesday
The injured have been admitted to district hospital.
Around 4pm explosion took place in factory situated in Samnapur road in Khairi village owned by Wahid Ahmed Warsi.
It is said that sound of explosions was heard as far as five kilometres from the spot.
Earlier factory was situated in a populated area and later shifted to Samnapur road.
Police who reached the spot informed that body parts were ripped off and strewn around in the factory premises.
“Twenty-three bodies have been found and eight people are injured. Of the eight injured, two are admitted to the district hospital and six have been referred to Bhillai,” SP Balaghat Amit Sanghi said
“We started rescue works as soon as the information was received. Due to absence of a proper approach road, the fire-tenders had problem in reaching the spot, however it did not affect the rescue works much,” he said.
“All the deceased are locals and only 14 bodies could be identified, so far. There is no minor among the deceased,” he said.
“Prima facie investigations reveal that the factory was licensed since 2003,” said Sanghi.
Rescue work continued till late night and some of the bodies were in a bad condition that their identification could not be done till now.
The injured are being provided a relief of Rs.50,000 each and treatment costs are being borne by the state government.