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CNG car explodes near firecracker warehouse in Gurugram, 2 dead

Gurugram: It could have been another day of work for Sattar who had come to unload the stuff loaded in his car at Lucky Kataria fireworks warehouse at Kadipur in Gurugram on Sunday night. For a person who had come from Ajmer to Gurugram for a livelihood, he may not have had the slightest bit of inkling that he will be dead in a matter of seconds due to an explosion in his vehicle.

At around 9:30 pm a CNG operated vehicle that was parked at the godown to unload the inventories went into flames after a sudden explosion. It took more than 37 fire tender vehicles to douse the fire in the span of one hour and avert a tragedy that could have incurred more damages.

The tragic incident left two dead and five people grievously injured. While Sattar died on the spot, the other Nepal Mahto who was stationed as a security guard at the warehouse succumbed at Safdarjung Hospital where he was admitted.

Just like Sattar, Mahto was also a migrant who had come from Begusarai (Bihar) to the city for a better source of livelihood. The people who are injured have been identified as Sanju, Shailendra Mishra, Kanhai Lal, Lal Bahadur and Kamal. The injured have been admitted in Safdarjung and other hospitals in Gurugram. The car, meanwhile, has been completely gutted and fully charred.

The Gurugram police is investigating the reasons for the explosion of the vehicle. It was earlier believed that the blast was caused due to the bursting of the CNG. The top officials of Gurugram police, however, claim that there is a possibility of a reaction between the firecrackers and the nitrogen-laden spray behind the inferno. The Gurugram police has filed the case under Section 307 (Attempt to murder with no prior knowledge), 308 (culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the explosive act.

The law enforcement officials have apprehended the owner of the warehouse Bharat Bhushan Kataria and his son Amit Kataria. "We are still trying to ascertain the reasons behind the explosion. We have formed a team to investigate the matter. Meanwhile, our forensic experts have also collected the materials at the spot to aid the investigators. As of now, it will be too premature for me to say that what is the main reason for the blast. We will unravel all the facts of this tragedy in a day or two," said Sumer Singh DCP Gurugram (West).

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