Mumbai news: Death toll rises to 11 in Dombivli blast; What caused the accident and other updates

Eleven people died and several others were injured in a boiler blast in Dombivali, Thane. Maharashtra Chief Minister orders inquiry and announces compensation. Fadnavis assures relief efforts at the incident site.

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Updated24 May 2024
Thane: Smoke billows after a fire broke out due to a boiler blast in a chemicals factory, at Dombivli, in Thane district, Thursday, May 23, 2024. (PTI Photo)
Thane: Smoke billows after a fire broke out due to a boiler blast in a chemicals factory, at Dombivli, in Thane district, Thursday, May 23, 2024. (PTI Photo)

As many as 11 people died, and several others got injured in a boiler blast that took place in Thane's Dombivali area in Maharashtra on Thursday, PTI reported. A case of culpable homicide has been registered against the owners of the unit, Amudan Chemicals, located in Phase 2 of Dombivli MIDC.

"The death toll has risen to 11 and it might go up as we suspect more bodies are lying on the premises of the devastated factory. The debris is being cleared,” said Kalyan Tehsildar Sachin Shejal. 

Here are top updates on Thane chemical factory blast

1) Shejal informed that 64 persons, including many women from the factories in the vicinity, were injured and are being treated in at least six different hospitals. AIMS hospital in Dombivli is treating two dozen patients. The bodies of the deceased have been sent to government hospitals for post-mortem, he added. 

2) Ten fire engines were pressed into service to control the blaze, and the firefighting continued past 11 p.m. on Thursday. “Now, cooling operations are underway,” said Kailas Nikam of the Disaster Management Cell of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).

3) Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde ordered a high-level inquiry into the Dombivali boiler blast incident. He also announced a compensation of 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased while assuring that the government would take care of the treatment of the injured.

4) "A high-level enquiry will be conducted and an investigation will be carried out against the accused. No one will be spared. The kin of the deceased will be given 5 lakh each by the state government. The administration will sponsor the treatment of the injured... The company will also compensate the employees," Shinde told media persons here. 

5) "The intensity of the blast was very high. 6-7 neighbouring factories have been damaged. Residential properties have also been damaged. Highly hazardous companies such as this, which fall under the Red category, will be shifted... The government has decided to shift such factories to non-residential areas," the CM added as quoted by ANI.

6) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also said that the administration provides adequate relief at the incident site. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he wrote, “The incident of a boiler explosion at Amudan Chemical Company in Dombivli MIDC is tragic. 8 people were involved in this incident; they have been brought out…”

7) A senior official from the Thane police commissioner said several police teams had been formed to investigate the case. The Tehsildar said government officials responsible for granting permissions and carrying out inspections would be investigated. 

8) A case was registered against the company owners of Amudan Chemical Private Limited—Malti Pradeep Mehta and Malay Pradeep Mehta—along with the director, administrator, and other company officials in the Dombivali boiler blast case. The case was registered under sections 304, 324, 326, 285, 286, 427, and 34 of the IPC.

9) Police said the accused is absconding after a case was registered against the Mehta family and the owner of the Amudan factory. Five teams have been formed to arrest the accused and are tracing them. “Proper precautions were not taken regarding the chemical process and the storage of the raw materials and final products, which led to chemical explosions,” police added. 

10) The affected chemical factory, ‘Amudan Chemicals Private Limited’, owned by Malay Mehta, produces food colours and uses peroxides, which are highly reactive and unstable chemicals that can cause violent explosions under certain conditions, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Thursday.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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