Explosion in Oil Factory rocked Patiala, Police rules out ‘Bomb Explosion’
Patiala(Jagdeep Chopra) – The Royal city was rocked by a powerful explosion in the wee hours of the day as it happens in an Oil factory situated in the Old Mirach mandi in Sanouri Adda area near to the Sheetla Mata Temple and it took one life, whereas five nearby shops and the factory were badly gutted due to the powerful explosion followed by the devastating fire.The explosion occurs about four Km away from the residence of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh. Even as the police is totally tight-lipped about it but it ruled out the possibility of any kind of bomb explosion behind it and termed that as it happens in the oil factory so the possibility of a gas cylinder explosion or an explosion in a country made boiler is also not ruled out.According to the information available the explosion, which happens around 1 am, was so powerful that the shutter of the factory was blown up and it goes to about half Km and the roofs of the nearby shops were also blown up and all the structures were raized to the ground.On the other hand, due to the high intensity of the explosion even the dead body of the victim 28 years old Rajat Mittal was also blown up and recovered far off from the factory and in a burnt condition.Deceased Rajat Mittal was the son of factory owner Rakesh Gupta. The police followed by the Fire brigade reached the site soon after getting the information about the same and started the rescue work there as the people also came out to provide a helping hand into it.The Fire brigade struggled to put the fire under control.The police later called the forensic expert team which took samples from the explosion site and these were sent to the laboratory for conducting the required tests.whereas IO, Rajinder Kumar told that the factory was owned by one Rakesh Gupta and Rakesh Gupta is running it under the name of M/s Aggarwal trading company and they are involved in preparing the mustard oil and its packing in the bottles there.He said that still, he is not in a position to say anything about it as further investigation is on in the case.On the other hand, when contacted SP (City) Kesar Singh Dhaliwal riled out any kind of possibility of any bomb explosion there and said that there is no possibility of any kind of bomb explosion there as the forensic expert team, which took samples from the site today, has failed to get any concrete evidence about the same from the site. He said that now they have called another experts team of forensic experts and this team will visit the site tomorrow morning and submit its report to the police. He said that it seemed that in the factory the owners are using some kind of chemical to manufacture the refined mustard oil and the explosion might be caused by that varu checmical as well.SP added that besides the police is also checking many other angles as well one of them is the owner of the factory, Rakesh Gupta, as well. He told that as Rakesh Gupta has lost one of his sons in the explosion and now not in a condition to be questioned but it’s learnt that he was away as he has gone to New Delhi to see off his younger son for Australia and now back. When asked whether the company has the valid license to run its business then he said that all the concerned departments are asked to look into the matter. But he said that the because of the God’s grace city escaped from witnessing a big loss as if this explosion happen in the morning time then the causality may be higher side due to the rush of people at that time in this particular area.Kesar Singh also added that the Factory was situated in an old type structure built with small old bricks and same was the case of the shops as well. But the police after conducting the postmortem on the dead body of 28 years old deceased Rajat Mittal got it cremated along with the members of the family.
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