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Labour News: Fire Accidents in Bhiwandi, India

Bhiwandi garment factory collapse: Death toll climbs to six

Third major building crash in the district in the recent past.

Jul 5, 2013, Thane: The BIG Garments factory, located in Arihant Compound campus having many godowns, had collapsed in Kalher village near the powerloom town of Bhiwandi on Thursday in which so far six people have been killed and 24 others injured.

Out of the three more bodies recovered, two have been identified as that of Mohamad Mansoor (22) and Miraj Shaikh (30), both workers employed with the BIG Garment factory.

The Narpoli police have registered an offence under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC against six persons in connection with the building crash, Narpoli police inspector DB Patil said. The Dedhia brothers, who owned the factory, the architect and builder have been named in the FIR, Patil said. However, as of now, no arrest has been made in connection with the mishap.

Around 12 fire engines and scores of personnel of civil defence and home guard carried out relief and rescue operations. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also visited the spot. The work of clearance of debris will continue today, district disaster control room sources said. Incessant rains in the area are blamed for the collapse, though there is no official confirmation about it. Top officials including district collector P Velrasu, Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNMC) commissioner Achyut Hange, Thane police commissioner K P Raghuvanshi visited the site on Thursdya and supervised the rescue operations.

This is the third major building crash in the district in the recent past.

In April this year, 74 people lost their lives in Maharashtra’s worst building collapse at Shilphata in Mumbra area. Last month, 10 people died when a three-storey building collapsed, also in the Mumbra township of Thane district.

Bhiwandi garment factory collapse: Death toll climbs to six; http://www.firstpost.com/india/bhiwandi-garment-factory-collapse-death-toll-climbs-to-six-931087.html

Chemical plants gutted in fire in Bhiwandi

More than 21 such warehouses have been gutted in fires in different incidents in the past two years in this belt along the Thane-Bhiwandi Road

Jun 22, 2010: Two warehouses containing chemicals were reduced to ash in a major fire that broke out on Monday morning near Thane. The incident occurred at Bhoir Compound at Dapodi Naka in Mankoli Village on the Thane-Bhiwandi Road.

According to the police, the fire started around 10.30am on Monday in one of the 12 warehouses, where different chemicals and other inflammable material, was stored. Before the security guards noticed it and called the fire brigade, the fire had rapidly spread to the neighbouring warehouse.

The flames were visible from a distance of more than five kilometres. Twelve fire engines from Bhiwandi, Thane and Kalyan worked for more than 12 hours to douse the fire. No casualties were reported in the incident that caused losses of several lakh. According to fire officials though the exact cause of fire is yet to be known, it is believed that the short circuit may have caused it. Narpoli police are investigating further. Interestingly, more than 21 such warehouses have been gutted in fires in different incidents in the past two years in this belt along the Thane-Bhiwandi Road.
Chemical plants gutted in fire in Bhiwandi; http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/1399613/report-chemical-plants-gutted-in-fire-in-bhiwandi

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