Death Toll in Thane Chemical Factory Rises to 11

Mumbai: The death toll in the explosions and fire at Amudan Chemicals Pvt Ltd factory in Dombivli town of Thane district in Maharashtra rose to 11 on Friday. Three more bodies were recovered from the rubble of the devastated factory on Friday.

A series of blasts and a major fire struck the industrial unit on Thursday afternoon.

The surrounding areas of around 4 km are experiencing a strong stench of burnt chemicals and a thin layer of smoky ash on roads, shops and homes after Thursday’s tragedy. Most people in the area are compelled to move around wearing face masks to avoid the stink.

The NDRF, SDRF and Fire Brigade recovered three more bodies from the rubble. As per reports, 64 persons were injured in this accident. They are admitted to various hospitals.

The fire was extinguished on Thursday night. On Thursday night, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde visited the tragedy site. He said, the government plans to shift such hazardous factories to another location to avoid such disasters in future.

Shiv Sena (UBT)’s Leader of Opposition (Council) Ambadas Danve also visited the accident site on Friday morning. He demanded the factory to be booked on charges of culpable homicide and a thorough probe into the incident.

The Thane Police have booked the owners of the factory, Malay Mehta and his wife Malati Mehta under various sections pertaining to negligence, culpable homicide, etc.

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