Nagpur: Five people died tragically in a gruesome explosion that occurred Saturday afternoon in the boiler of Manas Agro Industries and Sugar Limited factory in Nagpur, Maharashtra. According to Nagpur Rural Police official, the blast occurred at around 2.14 pm. The explosion caused a fire in the factory, causing the workers to die due to burns.
The sugar factory is part of the Manas Group and was formerly known as Purti Power and Sugar Factory, owned by the family of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Superintendent of Police Rakesh Ola arrived at the scene after receiving information about the accident. He said, 'It seems that the victims were doing some welding work at this particular site and some gas leak may have caused the explosion. The real reason will be known after the investigation by the concerned department. We are investigating the case and filing the necessary complaints.'
He said that those who died in the accident were identified as Mangesh Prabhakar Nakerkar (21), Liladhar Vamanrao Shinde (42), Vasudev Ladi (30), Sachin Prakash Waghmare (24) and Prafulla Pandurang Moon (25) and all of them were residents of Vadgaon. The police had to calm the agitated crowd before the bodies were recovered and only after that the dead could be evacuated from the spot. Waghmare was a welder at the plant and a team of other assistants. They were all engaged in some maintenance work during the blast. During the incident, fire and large quantities of smoke were coming out of the factory.