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5 die as compressor bursts in industrial unit

Five people,including two children,were killed and three injured when a compressor burst inside an aluminium moulding unit at Saki Naka in Andheri (East) between 1.30 and 2 am Friday.

Written by Express News Service |
March 30, 2013 2:52:11 am

Five people,including two children,were killed and three injured when a compressor burst inside an aluminium moulding unit at Saki Naka in Andheri (East) between 1.30 and 2 am Friday.

A wall of the single-storey unit in K K Compound near Jama Masjid on Kherani Road collapsed on a neighboring house in which a family of six was asleep. Five of them were killed as the house was crushed,while the sixth and two workers at the unit sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment at Rajawadi Hospital. The fire brigade dug out the bodies after an excavator removed the rubble.

It was the only house in the commercial area and the unit was reportedly operating without necessary permission. The deceased are Bharti Patel (35),her brother Ganesh (40),children Manisha (15) and Neha (13) and father Sukha (65). Rajawadi Hospital said they suffered skull fractures and died of haemorrhagic shock.

Police said Mangesh (42),older brother of Bharti,received minor injuries to the head and arms because he was sleeping in a corner away from the wall. Unit workers Bheemchand Bind (28) and Amit Harijan (33) sustained 85-90% burns,they said.

“Prima facie,it appears a compressor at the unit exploded due to high pressure. We will register a case after receiving reports from the fire brigade and forensics lab,” said inspector Sudhir Dalvi.

A dozen fire engines and four ambulances were rushed to the spot to control the blaze. Teams of Maharashtra ATS and Mumbai Police also visited to ascertain if the incident was handiwork of terror elements. They later ruled out terror angle.

Locals reported hearing a loud crash several lanes away early Friday morning. “I was walking home at 1.35 am listening to music on my cellphone. The crash,though three lanes away,was so strong my earphones nearly fell off and several houses around shook for a few seconds,” said Haider,who lives closeby.

Older residents said the Patels had been living in K K Compound for nearly 50 years. “There were a lot of brick kilns in Saki Naka 50 years ago. Slowly,the owners began to sell the land to small manufacturing units. The Patels used to work for the owner of K K Compound and were given space to build a tin shed. They were allowed to live there even after he sold the compound. The wall collapse crushed the tin shed,” said Mohammad Saleem (56),who runs a grocery store near Jama Masjid.

“I was watching TV. It is not unusual for an ambulance to go into the lane,but when four more followed,I thought something has happened. I came out of my house and a few people told me they heard an explosion inside K K Compound. When we went to the rear of the compound,we saw the roof of the aluminium unit had blown away,” he said.

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