At least 36 killed, 50 injured in explosion at fire crackers unit near Sivakasi

At least 36 people were killed and scores more injured in an explosion that ripped through a fire crackers manufacturing unit at Mudalipetti, near Sivakasi, in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
36 killed, 50 injured in explosion at firecrackers unit near Sivakasi

At least 36 people were killed and scores more injured in an explosion that ripped through a fire crackers manufacturing unit at Mudalipetti, near Sivakasi, in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu today.

Official sources in the district said more than 50 people had suffered injuries in the explosion and fire at the Om Shakti factory.
State Ministers, district officials and top police officers have rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations.
About 300 people were said to be working at the factory when the tragedy occurred as they were mixing chemicals for fancy fire-crackers ahead of the festive season.
Sivakasi, about 500 km from Chennai, is the hub for manufacturing of fire crackers in the country.
The injured were rushed to the Goverment hospital at Sivakasi and to the general hospital at Madurai, about 70 km aay.
More than a dozen fire tenders had been deployed to fight the flames and more tha 25 ambulances were used to ferry the injured to hospitals. Thick smoke billowing from the factory hampered the rescue efforts, sources said.
Thousands of people gathered near the scene of the tragedy to inquire about the fate of their near and dear ones.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed deep shock over the tragedy and said that he stood with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved families.
Dr Singh announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000  to those seriously injured in the fire. 

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Toll in TN fire-cracker unit blaze rises to 7


The toll in the inferno that engulfed a godown of a private fireworks factory at Kalaiyarkurichi village near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu yesterday rose to seven with the death of one more woman today.

Police sources said Veerammal (40), who was undergoing treatment at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai, succumbed to burn injuries early this morning taking the toll to seven so far.

Five others, who had suffered serious burn injuries, were getting intensive treatment in the burns ward at GRH, where their condition was stated to be critical.

Meanwhile, police arrested Senthil Ramesh, foreman of the Supreme Pyro Fire Works factory under sections 304 A (II) (Causing death by negligence), 286 (Negligent conduct with respect to Explosive Substance), 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code and section 5 of Indian Explosives Act.

The deceased were M Veerammal (50), C Angammal (51), M Shanmugathaai (48), R Ammaponnu, A Avudaiyammal (54), Veerammal (40) and Mamta (26), hailing from Bihar.

It might be recalled that six women workers were charred to death and six others seriously injured in a devastating fire that broke out in the factory, yesterday.


5 women killed, 7 hurt in firecracker unit blaze in TN


In a gruesome tragedy, five women workers, including one from Bihar, were charred to death and seven critically injured in a major inferno at a private fire-cracker manufacturing factory at Kalaiyarkurichi village, near Sivakasi in this district of Tamil Nadu today.

Police said the fire broke out at 1500 hrs, when a group of workers were handling highly inflammable chemical powders used for making varieties of crackers in Supreme Pyro Works Factory.

The deceased were identified as Angammal (55), Shanmugathaai (45), Veerammal (50), Avudayathaai (52) and Mamta (26), hailing from Bihar.

The injured were rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH)at Madurai where the condition of all of them was stated to be very critical as they had suffered 70 to 80 per cent burns.

Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Sivakasi and Virudhunagar rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire.

State Minister for Information Technology R B Udhayakumar, District Collector M Balaji and Superintendent of Police Najmal Hoda rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operation, official sources added.


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