Dombivli Factory Blast: Death Toll Climbs to 10; Factory Owners Charged with Culpable Homicide

A chemical factory blast in Dombivli, Maharashtra, raises the death toll to 10. Factory owners face culpable homicide charges; rescue and cooling operations continue.

Dombivli’s Grim Day: 10 Lives Lost in Chemical Factory Blast; Owners Face Culpable Homicide Charges; Rescue Operations Underway

A dreadful and fatal boiler blast took place in Dombivli, Thane district, Maharashtra at a chemical factory where ten people died and the search continues. Amudan Chemicals, based in Phase 2 of the Dombivli MIDC, had the blast on Thursday afternoon leading to a destructive fire that not only affected other neighbouring factories and buildings as well as the residential areas.

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In the morning of this day, three more bodies have lain retrieved increasing the total fatalities to 10. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is constantly engaged in dousing operation after the blast tragedy. NDRF Assistant Commandant Sarang Kurve said that the fire is under controlled now and conditions are fine at the spot at the time of filing this report but search operation is still on.

Explosion was followed by fire which was very serious that required ten fire engines in extinguishing the fire. Battening down efforts went on well into the night Thursday evening exceeding 11 pm as firefighters battled formidable blazes. The explosion which occurred in the chemical yard was very intense and therefore it made significant impacts on the surrounding environment, this showed how hazardous the situation was at the chemical factory.

Dombivli Factory Blast: Death Toll Rises To 10; Police Files 'Culpable Homicide' Case Against Owners | Updates

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According to the incident, the Manpada police of Dombivli have registered a case of culpable homicide by causing the death of 6 people against the owners of Amudan Chemicals. They have been hold under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code which deals with causing death by negligence together with sections in the code dealing with explosive substance and hazardous chemical.

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Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has directed the state government to provide an ex gratia of ₹ 5 lakh to each of the families of the departed victims. He also affirmed that the state government would foot the bills of treating all the injured citizens in the blast. The accident has sparked concern in the society in terms of industrial safety measures as well as in relation to structural and regulatory frameworks within the region.

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