Three women killed in blast in illegal cracker unit in Bengal

The incident was the second of its kind in West Bengal in a week

Fire (Representative image) (Photo: Getty Images)
Fire (Representative image) (Photo: Getty Images)


Three women of the same family, including a minor were killed and several persons were injured in a blast at an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit at Budge Budge, about 26 km from Kolkata, police said.

The blast took place on Sunday evening at around 8.30 pm and the three killed are 65-year-old Jamuna Das, her daughter Pampa Ghati and her 10-year-old grand daughter Jayashree, the police of South 24 Parganas, under which the area falls, said on Monday.

The incident was the second of its kind in West Bengal in a week.

At least 30 people, allegedly running illegal firecracker manufacturing units in the locality, were arrested and a large quantity of explosives stored in different houses were seized during police raids throughout the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, the police official said.

The number of injured was, however, not specified.

The three were on the terrace of the single storied house where the incident took place.

"Three women, including a minor, were declared brought dead when they were taken to a nearby ESI hospital. All of them had suffered third degree burn injuries from a blaze which was reported from the terrace of their house, where an illegal firecracker factory was operated," a senior police officer of Diamond Harbour Police District told PTI.

"We have conducted raids in the area and seized at least 20,000 kg of explosive materials used to manufacture firecrackers and arrested more than 30 people for their involvement in running such illegal businesses. Raids are on and police are investigating the cause of the fire," the officer said.

On May 16 an explosion had taken place at an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit at Egra in Purba Medinipur district in which 12 people lost their lives.

The main accused in the Egra blast died at a hospital at Cuttack in Odisha on May 19.

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