Published On : Sat, May 28th, 2016

Dombivli factory blast: Death toll rises to 12

blastsThane: The death toll in the boiler blast in a factory at Dombivli in adjoining Thane district climbed to 12 with recovery of another body from the debris on Saturday, an NDRF official said.

“The toll till Friday was 11. We have reports that civilians found a body at the site this morning,” a senior National Disaster Response Force official told media.

“Six bodies were recovered on Thursday and four found yesterday. Also, an injured died in hospital, taking the toll to 11 till yesterday,” the official said.

The rescue work is as good as over, he said.

The deceased included two sons, and daughter-in-law of owner of Probace Enterprises, Dr Vishwas V Vakatkar.

Charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder have been slapped on owners of the factory.

“We have sought help from the factory inspector and other departments to determine the exact cause of the blast and fire,” a police officials said.

Police have lodged a case against the factory owners under IPC sections 304-A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which attracts upto 10 years jail term and a fine, 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

On Thursday, Dombivli was shaken by a deafening blast which occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivli (East).

The impact of the blast followed by a massive fire resulted in heavy damage to two neighbouring factories in the MIDC complex.

The explosion impact saw damage to more than 600 houses, offices, shops in the two kms vicinity.