UP Factory Blast: 8 dead in the explosion of a boiler at the Hapur factory | Lucknow News

HAPUR: At least 12 workers died while 21 were seriously injured in an explosion at a boiler at an electronics manufacturing plant in UP’s Hapur on Saturday. A senior official involved in the investigation told TOI that gunpowder particles were found at the scene.
“We believe something suspicious was being produced at the factory, which only had a license to manufacture electronics,” the official said.
According to the gendarmes, the explosion took place around 3 p.m. Residents of the village of Dhaulana, who had their homes and shops near the plant, told police they felt “tremors similar to earthquakes”. They rushed outside to see the mutilated bodies of factory workers scattered around.
“There were bodies lying around. One man I saw had his head missing while the other had no hands or legs. They were all unidentifiable. The injured were unable to speak,” said Anil Kumar, an eyewitness. “It was a nightmare.”
When news of the explosion reached the police, firefighters and medics rushed to the scene. Senior police and district administration officials including Meerut Area IG Praveen Kumar, SSP Deepak Bukar and DM Medha Roopam visited the scene to provide an update on the situation.
Police said around 50 people were working at the plant, located just meters from a CNG fuel pump, when the explosion occurred.
SSP Bukar confirmed the deaths to TOI. He said many of the injured were rushed to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
“The bodies were mutilated beyond imagination so we couldn’t identify anyone. We are trying to complete the process as soon as possible,” he said. “Forensic teams have been deployed to ensure the real reason for the explosion is revealed,” he added.
Mohd Javed, 23-year-old Noor Hassan’s uncle, who joined the factory only a few days ago, has been constantly looking for his nephew. Groaning, he sat next to each mutilated body for a few minutes, staring at the clothing, to see if there was any resemblance to his nephew.
“He went to work at the factory this morning with 10 other people from our village of Saiyyanipur. I was only able to meet one. All the others are missing,” he said. Noor’s parents had died when he was young and he was caring for his younger sister, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed their grief over the loss of life.

“The accident at the Hapur chemical plant in Uttar Pradesh is heartbreaking. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives there. The state government is actively involved in the treatment of the injured and will render all possible assistance,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the UP CM has ordered officials to provide “all possible assistance” to the families of those killed or injured.
According to UP State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (UPSIDC) officials, ownership of the factory was transferred to the name of a Delhi resident in 2019. “Production in the factory had started on March 23, 2021 according to our records. An inspection was done before that and at the time everything was in order,” UPSIDC Regional Director Rakesh Jha said.
With contributions from Abhijay Jha

Kimberly B. Nguyen