Two workers die in flames in a factory in Ghaziabad, relatives seek the arrest of the owner

GHAZIABAD: The members of the family of two workers, who were burned in a fire two days ago, organized a sit-in with the bodies on Saturday to demand the arrest of the owner of the factory unit.

The enraged family kept the bodies of both (35) and (19) in a stationary mini van next to the road to the main gate of Ram Park Colony and organized a protest demanding the owner's arrest.

On Thursday night, a fire occurred due to a short circuit in the vehicle filter manufacturing unit that caused an explosion in the boiler.

Chemical resin drums, which are used as an adhesive to make the vehicle's filters, also caught fire and spread across the floor.

Sunder Pal and Akash Kumar could not escape since their feet were trapped on the floor and died charred, said (rural) police superintendent Neeraj Kumar Jadaun.

Sunder Pal's burned body was recovered by firefighters later that night, while Akash's charred body was recovered from the smoking debris the next morning, the SP said.

Ramvir, brother-in-law of Sunder Pal, told PTI that police have not yet arrested the owner of the Love Ahuja factory unit and the factory supervisor for their negligence in the incident.

“We will not incinerate them if the owner and the factory supervisor are not arrested for their negligence because Sunder Pal and Akash who lived with their families in the Ram Park colony were killed. Until Ahuja speaks to us, we will not perform his last rites, ”said Ramvir.

Our protest will continue until our demand for a housing plot of 50 meters and Rs 20 lakh each for their families is added, he added.

However, the police assured them that they would take legal action against Ahuja, after which the bodies were taken to cremation.

An FIR has been registered under section 304A of the IPC (which causes the negligence death) against the factory owner and the unit supervisor, Jadaun said.

The subdivisional magistrate of Loni has established an investigation to determine the cause of the fire and to investigate the negligence of the owner for not installing fire extinguishers in the place, said the SP.

In addition, the investigation would determine whether the factory was built with the approval of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDC), which has several industrial parks and factories under its jurisdiction.

The report will be submitted to the district magistrate within three days, Jadaun added.