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7 die in blasts at two firecracker units in UP

Four persons including three minors were killed in Maharajganj while three persons including a woman died in Kanpur city.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
October 24, 2010 7:13:33 am

Four persons including three minors were killed in Maharajganj while three persons including a woman died in Kanpur city following explosions at firecracker manufacturing units on Saturday. The unit in Kanpur was found illegal while the one in Maharajganj was the licensed one.

In Maharajganj,the Station Officer of Brijmanganj police station,Vikram Singh,said fire broke out at the cracker manufacturing unit — Zubeir Fire Works — owned by one Saleem around 12.30 pm. The fire caused explosion in the heap of crackers ready to be sold and the flames enveloped the stock of the gunpowder too kept in the room.

Saleem,his son Jameel (28) and eight others including Neelu (7),Poonam (12) and Shailendra (15) — engaged in manufacturing and packing of the crackers at the unit suffered critical injuries following the blast. While Jameel and Poonam died on the spot,the locals rushed others to the district hospital,the SO said.

Shailendra and Neelu were declared brought dead at the hospital and three of the injured were referred to the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.

Singh said the inquiry revealed that Saleem had the licence for manufacturing and selling of the crackers. However,an action will be initiated against the owner for engaging minors at the unit,he added.

In Kanpur,a blast took place in a rented room at Bithoor area this noon causing death of three persons including a woman. The Circle Officer (CO) of Kalyanpur area,Laxmi Niwas Mishra,said the incident took place when Pappu,his son Babu and brother Naseer were manufacturing the crackers illegally in a rented room. The gunpowder and the heap of crackers suddenly caught fire causing a blast in which Pappu (45),Babu (18) died on the spot while Naseer suffered serious burns.

The landlord Ajay Kashyap’s wife Geeta (35) who was present in an adjacent room,also sustained injuries following the impact of the blast. She also died at the hospital after an hour,the CO said.

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