3 killed in boiler blast at factory
At least three people were killed and five others injured in a boiler explosion at a cloth processing factory in Narsingdi town yesterday.
The boiler exploded around 7:30am at M/s Mokbul Hossain Bhuiyan Calendar and Finishing Mill at Shahaprotap. Al Amin, 25, a worker was killed on the spot, said Asaduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Narsingdi Model Police Station.
Broken pieces flew over an area of 1km. Abul Hashim, 12, a student of a nearby madrasa, and Begum, 45, wife of Enamul Hasan, of an adjacent house, died as some of those struck them hard, the OC said. Police recovered the bodies and sent them to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital for autopsies.
The injured, Jesmin Begum, 22, Ichha Moni, 4, Enamul Haque, 3, Sabbir, 3, and Abdur Razzak, 45, were rushed to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital. Later, Razzak, a teacher of the madrasa, was shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated.
A CNG filling station close to the mill was badly damaged, the police officer said.
Following the incident, mill owner Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan and his manager fled.
Abdus Sattar had been running the mill in a residential area and without any clearance from the Directorate of Environment, said Md Asaduzzaman, senior chemist of the environment department in the district.
Locals had protested against the mill and the Department of Environment had issued several warnings but the owner did not pay heed to them, he added.
Being informed of the explosion, Deputy Commissioner, Narsingdi Obaidul Azam visited the spot and gave Tk 5,000 to each of the bereaved families.
A one member probe committee led by Additional District Judge Md Ali Ahsan was formed to investigate the matter and submit a report within five working days.
A case was lodged with Narsingdi Sadar Police Station in connection with the incident.