- Six people died in a blast at a plastic factory in Malda, West Bengal
- BJP demanded NIA probe into the incident, while Trinamool Congress asked not to do politics
- A war of words erupted between the Mamata Banerjee government of Raj Bhavan and West Bengal over the blast
Six people were killed in an explosion in a plastic factory in Malda district of West Bengal on Thursday. While the opposition BJP in the state demanded an NIA probe into the incident, the ruling Trinamool Congress asked them not to politicize the issue. A verbal war broke out between the Raj Bhavan and the state government over the blast in Sujapur area of Malda. Governor Jagdeep Dhankar asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop ‘illegal bomb making’. The state Home Department reacted sharply, with Banerjee himself taking charge. The department said the explosion had nothing to do with making illegal bombs, as stated irresponsibly by some sections.
Police said the explosion occurred at around 11:30 am on Thursday at a plastic factory in Sujapur area of Malda district. He said that four workers working in the factory died on the spot while another was declared dead in the hospital. Five others were seriously injured in this explosion. A senior official said that a seriously injured person died when he was being admitted to a hospital in Kolkata.
The state government announced to give two lakh to the family of those who died.
Malda Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said preliminary investigation revealed that a high-intensity explosion occurred due to a technical fault in a heavy machine inside the factory. He said the explosion occurred during plastic manufacture. We are investigating from all angles and a forensic team will visit the scene. The officer said that a heavy police force has been deployed on the spot to keep the situation under control. State Minister Firhad Hakim has been sent to the spot to take stock of the situation. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50-50 thousand for the injured.
Governor surrounded the Mamta government
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar expressed grief over the incident and called on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop ‘illegal bomb making’ and ensure ‘professional and unbiased investigation’. He tweeted, ‘I am distressed by the blast deaths in Sujapur area of Malda district. According to the SP, five people have died and five others have been injured. It is time that Mamata Banerjee stop illegal bombing and ensure professional and unbiased investigation. Dhankar also asked the administration to ensure medical aid to the injured.
Sharp response to Governor’s comment
Responding to the Governor’s remarks, a sharp response from the Home Department tweeted, “Today’s incident at Malda Sujapur plastic factory is related to production process issues and has nothing to do with illegal bomb making, as in some It has been said irresponsibly on behalf of the classes. It said, “DM and SP present on the spot are informing the state authorities after immediate investigation and steps have been taken for compensation. A senior minister has been sent to the spot and it is time to be factually correct. The government is helping the victims and their families. ‘
Governor Dhankar hit back
Dhankhar retorted, saying ‘law and order and investigation situation’ is worrisome and it “needs to be handled without bias”. He tweeted why the West Bengal police should not conduct a professional investigation. He asked why Mamata Banerjee does not disclose the number of people killed in such bomb blasts.
A war of words between BJP and Trinamool Congress
A war of words erupted between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress over the incident. BJP demanded an NIA inquiry into the incident. BJP national general secretary and Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya said that bomb blasts have become a regular occurrence in West Bengal. Every other day, there is an incident of bombing in the state. We demand an NIA inquiry into the Malda blast incident.
‘Police trying to suppress the case’
Kailash Vijayvargiya said that we will write a letter to the Union Home Ministry requesting for an NIA inquiry so that the truth can come out as the state police will try to suppress the matter. Denying the allegation, Hakim said, “We respect the central agencies but the BJP should stop using them for their vested political interests.” BJP should stop doing politics on dead bodies. ‘ He said that the state police is investigating the incident.