Three workers were killed and two others injured when the oven exploded in a bakery manufacturing unit in east Delhi’s Jagatpuri area Thursday. According to police, local residents heard a loud noise at 5 am from the first floor of the two-storey unit, located in Jagatpuri’s Khureji area.
Dilkash, who lives nearby, told The Indian Express that he rushed to the building and found the workers grievously injured. “After the blast, a fire broke out but the flames soon died down. I went up the stairs, along with other residents, and found the workers lying on the ground. One of us called police and apprised them of the situation,” said Dilkash.
“The explosion was so intense that it shattered windowpanes of the neighbouring building,” he added. Police and officials from Delhi Fire Service (DFS) reached the spot and took the workers to Hedgewar Hospital, where doctors declared three of them dead.
The other two workers are being treated for injuries, said an officer. Police said the deceased have been identified as Zainul, Sajid and Lifakat, while the injured are Nazar Alam and Afsar. All five are from Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad and Kannauj districts.
Prima facie, it appears that the dough kept inside the oven had exploded due to extra pressure or a malfunction, added a police source. A DFS official said, “As the oven exploded, metal pieces hit the workers. There was no fire as it was an electric oven.”
Additional Divisional Officer of the DFS, Vijay Bahadur said pieces of the metal trays had pierced the workers.
The building houses two shops on the ground floor and the bakery on the first and second floor. Following the incident, sources said police have sealed the building and also launched a search to nab the owner of the manufacturing unit.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Rishi Pal said a case under sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others )and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Jagatpuri police station.
A worker at the factory said it was hard to believe the oven was the cause of the blast. “We have been using the machine for a year. It is an automatic device,” said the worker.