Bengaluru: 2 dead, 4 injured in cracker godown blast | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A puncture shop owner and a goods truck driver were killed and four others sustained burns when cracker boxes exploded outside a godown in New Taragupet, Chamarajpet, on Thursday. At least 10 two-wheelers and one mini goods truck were damaged in the blast. Window panes of three houses on the lane were shattered.
Truck driver R Manohar, 35, resident of Taragupet, and Aslam Jahan, 30, puncture shop owner and from Goripalya, died at the spot. Godown employees Manjunath Kumar, 38, James 43, Ganapati, 50, and Rangaswamy, 75, were rushed to hospital for treatment. Rangaswamy’s condition is said to be serious.

Godown owner Ganesh Babu has been arrested
Low-intensity explosion but quantity proved lethal: Experts
According down belongs to police to Babu , the aka go- Patrakali Babu, proprietor of Sri Patrakali Amman Lorry Service Godown. He was arrested under the Explosive Substances Act and Explosives Act.
The cracker consignment had come from Sivakasi in TN. The blast occurred around noon when Manohar was pushing a trolley loaded with cracker boxes for delivery to a customer and one of the boxes fell to the ground.
Aslam, whose shop is next to the godown, was said to be standing next to Manohar. “In a split second, mutilated bodies were thrown into the air. Labourers standing near the godown entrance suffered burns,” cops said. Aslam is survived by his wife and two kids.
Experts from FSL said it was a low-intensity blast, but the quantity proved lethal. The “trolley must have had at least half-a-dozen cracker-filled boxes and all exploded at once. The body parts were thrown to a distance of at least 20 feet. We need to look into what exactly triggered it,” FSL experts told cops.
Additional commissioner of police (west) Soumendu Mukherjee said the proprietor had no licence to store the crackers and added they were brought in the mini goods truck. District fire officer BM Shekar said two fire tenders were pressed into service. “We brought the situation under control in 25 minutes. There were 78 cracker-filled boxes in the godown; we sprayed water on them too,” he said.
Vijay Kumar, a supervisor with a transport firm, said he and Aslam visited a tea shop just 10 minutes before the blast. “As he sustained financial loss, Aslam shifted to a small shop next to the godown,” Kumar said, adding: “Around 10.30am, a truck driver visited his shop and took him to a road where his truck with a flat tyre was stranded. After changing it, Aslam returned to the shop.”


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