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6 labourers killed in boiler blast in Bihar noodles factory

Relief and rescue operation was going on in full swing, Kant said.

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Muzaffarpur: Six labourers were killed and as many injured in a boiler explosion at a noodles factory in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Sunday, prompting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to order a probe.

The boiler exploded around 10 AM at the factory in phase 2 of the Bela industrial area under Bela police station, District Magistrate Pranav Kumar told the media.

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The explosion was so severe that it damaged buildings of nearby factories in the area, he said.

“Six people were killed and as many were injured in the incident”, Kumar said, adding that the injured

were being treated at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH). The bodies had been sent for post-mortem.

The DM said the reason for the boiler explosion is being investigated, while the relief and rescue operation is underway.

Expressing deep sorrow over the death of labourers, the Chief Minister directed the authorities to probe into the incident.

Kumar said in Patna that a team of senior officers was being dispatched to the spot from the state capital for investigating the blast incident.

He said the team has been authorised to fix the responsibility for the blast and announced stern action would be taken again those found at fault for the incident.

The Chief Minister ordered compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of each of those killed in the incident and directed the administration to arrange for proper treatment of the injured persons.

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