A machine operator was killed and his two helpers were injured in a boiler blast at a rice mill in Trishal upazila of Mymensingh yesterday morning.
The deceased was identified as Ahmed Ali, 45, son of late Hafez Uddin of Razabari village in the same upazila.
Quoting locals, Trishal Police Station Officer-in-Charge Azizur Rahman said around 8:00am, a boiler at Babul Semi Auto Rice Mill in Razabari area suddenly exploded while in operation.
The explosion left Ahmed Ali killed on the spot, while severely injuring his helpers Abdul Aziz, 60, and his son Robi, 30.
On information, police and locals rushed to the spot and sent the injured to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH). Police also sent body of the deceased to MMCH for autopsy.
Ahmed Ali's entire body was burnt, said the OC, adding, “The injured persons are now out of danger.”
Speculating that the accident might have taken place due to excessive pressure in the boiler, the OC said the rice mill had been running without licence and it was not equipped with any gauge for measuring pressure created inside the boiler.
The owner of the rice mill went into hiding soon after the incident, but police are conducting raids to arrest him, he also said.
No case was filed in this connection as of filing this report yesterday afternoon.