89 dead, over 100 injured in explosion in Jhabua

Jhabua (MP), (PTI): At least 89 people were killed and nearly 100 injured today after a massive blast caused by mining explosives stored in a building ripped through a crowded area in Petlwad town here.

The blast occurred at 8.30 AM, completely destroying at least two buildings– one in which explosive material for digging wells was stored and an adjacent restaurant, and damaging several houses, officials said.

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“89 people have been killed in the explosion,” Block Medical Officer Urmila Choyal told PTI.

The explosion took place in the building of Rajendra Kasawa who has a licence to use explosive material for digging wells in rocky areas.

Kasawa stored the explosive material including gelatin sticks in huge quantity in the residential building having two shops in it and situated close to the busy Sethia Restaurant in new bus stand area, a police official said.

In the vicinity of the restaurant, a large number of daily wage labourers were sitting when the explosion occurred.

Besides many persons were there inside the restaurant which is a major eatery in the area, an eyewitness said.

One of the injured, Narsingh (42), said body parts were strewn in the area after the blast.

“We have seen them flying and falling on the ground. Vehicles specially two-wheelers were badly damaged and lying on the road,” he said.

Due to the impact of the explosion, the double-story house in which explosive material were stored collapsed trapping a number of persons, he said.

State Home Minister Babulal Gaur said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

Expressing anguish over the loss of lives, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured. “We have performed autopsy so far on 60 bodies. Rest are lying in the premises for post-mortem,” Chief Medical Officer Arun Sharma said.

Among the victims were a large number of labourers who were waiting in area for their daily work. Besides some people going to Gujarat were also standing near the hotel for tea and snacks and majority of them were either killed or injured in the blast, a police official said.

“Initially we heard the sound of crackers from a house that also has two shops on the ground floor. Later, when someone opened its shutter, a huge explosion took place forcing people to run for cover,” Balram, an injured labourer, told PTI in Jhabua district hospital.

“Only those people survived who ran away from the spot but they too suffered injuries,” Narsingh said and claimed nearly 150 people were injured.

A large number of people were also trapped in the retuarant located in an adjacent three-storey building, he said.

Earlier, police had said that the explosion was caused by a cooking gas cylinder kept in the hotel restaurant.

Nearly 100 people were injured in the explosion, a police official said. “I am in constant touch with officials. The incident is sad and has left me shaken. The reasons for the blast will be investigated,” the Chief Minister said.

Senior officials from Jhabua including Superintendent of Police G G Pandey besides State Tribal Welfare Minister Antar Singh Arya had rushed to the spot.

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was dispatched to help in the salvage operations.

“A team equipped with gadgets to operate in collapsed structures has been sent to the accident site in Jhabua from Vadodara in Gujarat. The team will assist local administration in retrieval operations,” NDRF Director General O P Singh told PTI in Delhi.

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  1. “Kasawa stored the explosive material including gelatin sticks in huge quantity in the residential building….” – Report.

    Huge quantity of explosives in a residential building? Apparently there are no regulations or no effort to enforce safety precautions!! Unfortunately 89 people have made ultimate sacrifice!! Really a sad situation!!

  2. Dear readers,

    As there are conflicting report emerging some media channels saying Gas cylinder explosion and there are some reporting explosive materials.

    There are similar report in the past reported by the media when powerful explosion took place in the house of Shivram Manganarikar at Shastri Nagar, Nanded. A suspected Hindutva terrorist was severely injured in an attempt to make bomb when it prematurely exploded in his house at Kooleri under the Mattannur police station limits in Kannur.

    Powerful Bomb explosion in Nanded
    http://www.milligazette.com/dailyupdate/2007/200702121_rss_bomb_terrorism_nanded.htm

    RSS worker severely injured while trying to assemble bomb in Kerala
    http://twocircles.net/2014sep12/1410463310.html#.VfWk7_mqqko

    In the similar incidence “The scooter which was carrying the explosives belongs to Saunstha’s Saunstha prematurely blasted.A man named Melgunda Patil was killed in the blast while another, identified as Yogesh Naik, underwent treatment at the Goa Medical College hospital.Police said both belonged to the Saunstha, which is allegedly linked to Pragya Singh.

    In Karnataka prime accused in Hubli court yard bomb is free roaming. Karkala police also catched one of the biggest haul,found raw materials worth Rs one crore, 60-70 tons of ammonium nitrate, 43,000 electric detonators, and safety fuse about 19,000 metre in length. The total value of the seized materials is over Rs 1.5 crore,arrest one Bijju.

    None of the cases has been seen thoroughly investigated, all explosion from Malegaon to Samjhota has been directed without implicating and detaining Muslims without charges, only to be acquitted later of false charges.

    It was only when Martyr Hemant Karkare took the lead all the skeleton fallen off from closet and Hindutva terror was exposed forcing the Mohan Bhagwat to bow to Prime Minister office.Since PM Modi’s inception to center all the terror accused are in Payroll enjoying ‘Ache Din’.

    Where as center has used all its tools using ‘Burdwan blast’ to polarize society.In welcome decision Mumbai train blast accused are convicted,while Samjhota express are still enjoying the payroll.

    How does the intelligence input fail to identify such a large scale of explosives in residential blocks which Madhya Pradesh BJP is in ruling since decade and having all the blessings from center?Why NIA is not called in for investigation?

    Jai Hind

  3. Dear readers,

    Absconding Jhabua blast prime accused is a BJP leader

    http://www.punjabspectrum.news/2015/09/14/377

    http://www.bhopalsamachar.com/2015/09/rss_14.html

    Now it has not remained top secret why the Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Chouhan government, which has been embroiled in the Vyapam scam, did not nab the prime accused Rajendra Kasawa in Jhabua explosion as he is not only attached to the ruling BJP but also active member of its mentor organization RSS. The blast on Saturday that killed 90 people and left several injured.

    Even a Hindi news portal, Bhopal Samachar, published photo of Rajendra Kasawa in Khaki shorts, uniform of RSS taking part in outfit’s drill. The portal said he is not only BJP leader but also works for RSS. According to it, Rajendra Kasawa – man ‘most wanted’ for explosion resulting more than 90 deaths in injuring over 100 at Petlawad town in Jhabua district of MP- had secured license from the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) notwithstanding the fact that he was under constant police surveillance for smuggling of explosives for the last 3 decades.

    Now it is clear that why Parlimantrian affairs minister Mr.Venkaiah Naidu defends mother organisation RSS to subscribe to the ‘bunch of thoughts’ and needs to twirls lati,naked swords and revolver in public march to call them proudly as social organisation.

    Venkaiah Naidu – I am proud to say that I have RSS background – Parliament meeting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6w3L3Skzlk

    It is now transparent that why our Atheist Original Pai praise the RSS Guruji’s and associates Doddana,Sanana,Jews,Atheist…..

    Incidentally even after nearly 100 deaths from single blast all the national and International mass media is excising ‘maun Vrath’. If the accused Muslims they would have henched the stories and already connected to all the terror organization on this planet.

    Ironically, media doesn’t even new it is gas explosion or explosive materials? A careful confusion tactics to create the confusion in the public viewers.

    As herited practice now RSS will quickly disassociate Rajendra Kasawa from membership list. He will be absconding and found dead in mysterious circumstance will be the next breaking news.

    Jai hind

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