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5 Indian workers injured in Bara iron plant explosion

- Post Report, Simara

Oct 10, 2018-

Five Indian workers have been injured after an explosion at an iron plant of Jagdamba Steels in Simara Sub-Metropolitan City-2 of Jitpur, Bara on Wednesday. Four of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

All the injured have been working at the iron plant as daily wage labourers.

Following the incident, a police team under the command of Inspector SubashHamal of Area Police Office, Simara, reached site and rescued the workers.

According to the police, the incident occurred while they were melting the iron in the run-down furnace.

The injured have been identified as Kamalesh Raya, 22, NareshSahani, 23, Sandeep Kumar, 23, Pankaj Kumar,20, of Sitamadi, Bihar and Binayak Singh, 35, of Motihari, Bihar.All the critically injured are undergoing treatment at the Birgunj-based Health Care Hospital.

Binayak Singh, who sustained minor injuries in the incident, is receiving treatment at Tara Hospital in Simara, police said.

Police have suspected that the incident might have occurred due to excessive heat.

Most of the equipment being used at the plant were old and in sorry state. Such incidents had been occurring frequently at the plant of late due to lack of regular maintenance of the equipment.

Nine persons had lost their lives and more than a dozen were injured when a tank used to store molasses exploded at the Reliance Sugar and Chemical Pvt. Ltd in Bidyanagar of Bara four months ago.

“Factories show the maintenance of equipment only in paper,” a worker said, adding, “But they never repair the equipment.”

More than 500 factories are being operated in Pathliya-Birgunj Industrial Corridor.

 

Published: 10-10-2018 18:28

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