Two successive cylinder blasts left one dead and over 30 injured at Himshikha Colony in Pinjore on Tuesday night. As many as 15 are undergoing treatment at PGI and are said to be critical.
The deceased, identified as Vikas Bhardwaj alias Vicky Boxer (40), died at PGI on Thursday afternoon. Among those injured, eight are admitted at General Hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula. The rest were discharged after being administered first-aid.
Most of them who got critically injured were those who had gone to help a family control a fire at their house which broke out due to an earthen lamp.
The incident took place at 10.50 pm when 60-year-old Krishan Pal, the owner of the house, asked his grandson to light up earthen lamps. Pal and his wife were on the first floor of the house when the incident took place.
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“The earthen lamp fell while being lighted and a piece of cloth near it caught fire. Due to the oil from the earthen lamp that spill, the fire started spreading. As there was panic, Krishan Pal came downstairs, while a few neighbours, including, Vicky rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The children had already been taken out of the house. Vicky was trying to take the cylinder out when a cloth on it caught fire and it burst, leaving everybody around it injured,” said Station House Officer Inspector Mahender Singh.
Krishan Pal’s sons, Sachin and Vikas Bansal, and daughter-in-law Tanu suffered injuries, while other members of the house were evacuated from the first floor. The impact of the blast was such that a wall connecting a house was reduced to rubble and the window panes of adjoining houses also broke.
Hearing shrieks after the first blast, Abhimanyu (Vicky’s relative) and few others from the colony rushed to see what happened. As everybody gathered near the house, another cylinder exploded and left many others injured.
All injured were rushed to General Hospital, from where those critical were referred to PGI. While Vikas Bansal(35) and Sachin (30) have suffered 90 per cent burns, Krishan Pal is with 85 per cent burns. Abhimanyu and Yogesh have received 70 per cent burns. All are under observation, according to doctors at PGI, Chandigarh. Deceased Vikas Bhardwaj is survived by his wife and two children.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the critically injured and Rs 50,000 each to all those who sustained injuries in the incident.
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray visited the spot and said that an assessment of the damage to the houses would be done by the Public Works Department. “ I visited PGI twice and would ensure that the injured get the best treatment.”
He added, “We will take applications from them and ensure care through the Red Cross Society.”
What the injured say
* “ I was just sitting at my house when the window pane broke all of a sudden due to a blast and the glass pieces entered my face and hands,” said Ramakant, whose house is opposite to the spot where the blast happened.
* “ I was sitting with my friends planning for Diwali when we heard some shrieks. As we went downstairs and tried to help the affected family come out, the second cylinder exploded and we landed here,” said Omkar Sharma(26), who works at a company at IT Park.