The victim, Bijay S, died at Victoria Hospital. Preliminary investigation revealed he was one of the four workers who were unloading barrels at Rekha Chemical Industry, when a massive fire broke out at 10:30am. The factory-cum-godown had been operating in the area without approvals.
Seven vehicles were charred, while five neighbouring buildings, including four houses and a plastic factory, were gutted. Other than the four factory workers, seven personnel from the fire and emergency department sustained injuries during the fire-fighting exercise that lasted around 14 hours.
Activities were taking place in the unlicensed chemical factory since 1992, locals told home minister Basavaraj Bommai, when he visited the spot the next evening.
Bijay, a native of Odisha, was working in Rekha Chemical Industry since 2016, said police. Initially, he and three others were said to have sustained minor burns. “Unfortunately, Bijay had sustained more injuries on his back. In addition, the chemical that exploded had mixed with his blood. It appears the injuries coupled with chemical spreading in the blood led to severe infection, resulting in his death,” police said, quoting doctors.
IPC section 304A to be added
Byatarayanapura police will book the owners – Sajjan Raj, 66, his wife Kamala Sajjan, 60, and son Anil Kumar Sajjan, 30, – under IPC 304A (causing death due to negligence).