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Sodepur factory fire: No trace of five workers

KOLKATA: More than 24 hours after a fire gutted a three-storey plastic chair manufacturing facility at New Barrackpore close to Sodepur-Ghola at the northern fringes of town on Monday afternoon, five employees, who had been feared trapped inside of, are but to be traced. After bringing the blaze below regulate on Tuesday afternoon, the members of disaster control crew, hearth brigade officers, police and manufacturing facility employees had been nonetheless undertaking search operation until stories closing got here in. But, they didn’t even find remains of any charred our bodies, said a source.

The circle of relatives and kin of the lacking individuals — Sanjib Paria, Paltu Duari, Subodh Roy, Nityananda Roy and Munnaprasad Roy — introduced an agitation in entrance of Khardah MLA and state finance minister Amit Mitra when he visited the spot. Mitra later said that all of the affected individuals would be given repayment by means of the state.

Kin of a lacking individual spoil down on the spot

The bereaved members of the family, who've been ready anxiously outside the manufacturing facility since Monday afternoon, additionally alleged that an emergency exit on the welding phase at the most sensible floor was once closed. “It was once around 12.30pm on Monday when my son called me from his cell phone asking to me reach the spot. I rushed to the spot from my Beadon Street home to find my son nowhere. I got here to grasp from locals that that they had seen some employees seeking to jump out of the second one floor however couldn’t spoil an iron gate locked from outside. I don’t know whether or not he is alive or dead,” said Nemai Paria, Sanjib’s father.

Paria added, “I had offered my two-cottah plot so that my son may just learn about electrical engineering, however he didn’t get a just right job after finishing his research. He joined this manufacturing facility as an electrical manager slightly three weeks in the past. But we by no means imagined this sort of tragedy was once ready to happen.”

According to locals, there are about 150 factories in the “business belt” at New Barrackpore’s Jugberia below Bilkanda GP I. “This plastic chair manufacturing facility was once the most important and situated on 4 bighas. This manufacturing facility had been in operation since 2002. Around 100 employees had been concerned on this chair production and garage facility unit. We got here to grasp that it was once run illegally and that the unit didn’t have adequate hearth safety measures. A comprehensive probe has been ordered and a stern action might be taken in opposition to the manufacturing facility government,” said Chittaranjan Mondal, the local panchayat chief.

Police said the manufacturing facility owner was once at huge. “A huge amount of gutted iron scraps and others materials in all three flooring had been got rid of all the way through the quest operation. Raids are on for the manufacturing facility owner,” said Ananada Roy, DCP, Zone II, Barrackpore Commissionerate.

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