Death Toll Rises to 9 in Nagpur Explosives Factory Blast as Another Victim Dies

Nagpur, (PTI): The death toll from the recent blast at an explosives factory in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district has risen to nine after the last surviving victim succumbed to his injuries, officials confirmed on Sunday.

Pramod Chavare passed away from his burn injuries on Saturday night at a private medical facility, Dande Hospital’s director Dr. Pinak Dande told PTI.

The explosion occurred around 1 pm on Thursday at Chamundi Explosives Pvt Ltd in Dhamna village, under Hingna police station limits, about 25 km from Nagpur city.

Nine injured individuals were admitted to two private hospitals in the city. Six of them died during treatment on Thursday, while three others succumbed over the next two days. Among the deceased were six women, most of whom were working in the factory’s packaging unit at the time of the explosion, according to police.

On Friday, the police arrested Jay Shivshankar Khemka (49), the factory’s director, and manager Sagar Deshmukh. They were presented before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Hingna, and were granted cash bail of Rs 50,000 each on the same day.

A case has been registered against the two accused under Indian Penal Code sections 286 (negligent conduct concerning explosive substance), 304(a) (causing death by negligence), and 338 (causing grievous hurt by negligence), police said.

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