- More than thirty fire tenders pressed into service
- Twenty three injured in the boiler blast: 3 discharged while remaining 20 getting treated
- Company is said to manufacture medicines for cardiac ailments and lotion for dead-bodies
Nagpur: Last night, with the boiler plant of Nitika Pharmaceuticals situated in Plot No. 85, Wanjra Layout, Pilli Nadi Industrial Area, Kamptee Road, Nagpur blasting and a blazing inferno on, the inferno is said to be continuing 12 hours after the incident.
Till now, more than 30 fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire. Other fire tender vehicles are said to be making continuous rounds for refill.
Sources claimed that Nitika Pharmaceutical Company manufactured medications for cardiac ailments and a lotion for dead-bodies (This lotion is said to protect the dead-bodies from decaying for a long time).
Last night many workers of the company are said to have become victims of burn injuries. The condition of some of the workers is said to be critical. Out of twenty three workers who were rushed to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (Mayo Hospital), three have been discharged while the remaining twenty are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. Some of the workers have been admitted in private hospital where they are said to be undergoing treatment.
Insufficient fire-extinguishers in the company
Till the time of filing the story, the exact cause of the boiler blast could not be ascertained as yet. The owner of Nikita Pharmaceuticals Company is said to be Navleen Khurana. He used to stay in Ramdaspeth, but has recently shifted to Dharampeth area. Sources claimed that sufficient number of fire-extinguishers were not available to douse the fire.
JCB used to break down the wall to gain access
A social worker of the area Omprakash Shahu, Aslam Khan and Police Officer of Yashodhara Police Station Ulhas Rathod used a JCB to break down the wall to extricate the other workers who were trapped in the rear of the company. It was only after the wall was broken that the personnel of the fire department could douse the fire. The work of dousing or extinguishing the fire continued even till noon of December 3, 2016. Sources claimed that more than 70 workers were said to be working in the company at the time of blast in the boiler plant.
Sources also claimed that a few workers who were working near the point from where ash is taken out from the boiler plant are still missing or that there is no trace of these workers. The Police officials and the company officials are trying to ascertain the details of all workers.
The owner of the company Navleen Khurana went into deep shock and is said to be admitted in the hospital. The people living in the neighbouring areas were in panic as four blasts one after the other was heard by them. The pharmaceutical drugs made in this Nikita Pharmaceutical company is said to be exported and is listed as one of the biggest exporter of cardiac medications. The owner has received many awards from the state and central government as one of the successful businessmen.
Workers on contract
Most of the workers working in the company are said to be working on contract. These workers are said to forking for three labour contractors.
Revenue officials also reach Nitika Pharmaceuticals
According to sources, in the morning, officials of the Revenue Department too reached the Nitika Pharmaceuticals for inspection. Officially the company officials claim that work is on only in 80 units, while in reality work is one in more that 100 units. With the fire and the blast in boiler plant, the entire company has been destroyed. After the fire started, fire tenders were called from Nihan and Butibori too.