Bemetara explosion: Case filed against company official and others

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Unnecessary. An FIR has been registered in connection with the May 25 blast at an explosive manufacturing factory in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district, officials said on Thursday. One person was killed and six others were injured in the blast at Special Blasts Limited in Pirda village of Berla block of the district.

The district administration said eight workers were missing and body parts found in the debris had been sent for DNA testing.
Officials said a case was registered against company official Awadhesh Jain and others under sections 286 (negligence with respect to explosive substance), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304 A (negligent act causing death) of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Explosive Substances Act.

He said that an FIR has been registered on the basis of the report of Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) Nava Raipur officials and the investigation conducted in connection with the incident. The Bemetara district administration had issued an order on Wednesday to stop production and related activities at the unit. A magisterial inquiry is also underway under the chairmanship of Bemetara district’s sub-divisional magistrate (Berla area) Pinky Manhar.

The state government has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.
On Wednesday, Chief Minister Vishnu Dev Sai said that the factory management will provide financial assistance of Rs 30 lakh each to the families of the deceased and eight missing workers. Officials said that the compensation announced by the state government will be given to the families of the missing workers after DNA testing of the bodies found in the debris.

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