The blast in a bakery unit in Jagatpuri’s Khureji area has triggered outrage among residents. Raising concerns about their safety, residents said such an incident had happened for the first time in the locality. They added that a large number of such units were operational in the area.
A resident, Mohammad Imtiaz, said that several units were being run illegally and posed a safety hazard to other residents. “Incidents like today may claim more lives,” said Imtiaz.
He alleged that police and the administration were aware of the operation of such units but did nothing to shut them down.
Iftakaar Alam, who runs a paan shop, said there were at least 10 to 12 such units in many lanes in Khureji. “The area is very congested. If any such incident happens in the future, it will not be easy for us to escape,” said Alam.
Meanwhile, workers said these units were their only source of employment. They also double up as their living quarters. “Most of those who reside in the area came from Uttar Pradesh in search of jobs. Gradually, people began setting up such dangerous units,” said Alam.