On Wednesday, a huge fire triggered due to a blast in the boiler of a chemical factory. The chemical factory is located at Dahej in Gujrat’s Bharuch district. According to the police, 10 workers have been killed in this incident until now.
The affected factory has companies of methanol and xylene chemicals near it. Therefore, authorities have shifted nearly 4,800 people from nearby villages to safer places.
About 230 workers were present inside the factory, Yashaswi Rasayan, located in Dahej Special Economic Zone-1, 42 km from Bharuch, at the time of the incident in afternoon, they said.
Even two days after the incident, the police claim that they have yet to determine the main cause of the incident and the exact chemicals that led to the explosion.
Earlier after the incident, 6 dead bodies were recovered from the factory, with two more, who died in hospitals in Bharuch. Later this death toll increased to 10 from 8.
He further said that injured workers are admitted in several hospitals in Bharuch and nearby places.
Bharuch Blast: 11 Fire Tenders Took 6 Hours To Control Huge Fire
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Most workers at the plant were employed on a contractual basis and had migrated from states like West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Patel, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, blamed the state BJP government for the incident.
He said that these factories need to go through a proper safety audit. He added that this is required because of a surge in industrial accidents in Gujarat.
Further, he showed his concern over changed labour laws. He added that changed labour laws will motivate factories to have unsafe working conditions.
“There has been a rise in industrial accidents in Bharuch district today and people lost their lives.
“The buck stops only with the state government ensuring safe working conditions that factories have completed safety audits. We are concerned that recent changes in labour laws will incentivise unsafe working conditions,” he tweeted.