Muhammad Mukarram, who hailed from Bihar, lived in the unit – PVR Exports – where quilts, blankets and mattresses were made.
Earlier in the day, the family of Muhammad pressed for a case against the factory owner for negligence and lying to them by claiming that he was not inside the unit. But later, both the parties struck a compromise.
The factory had a huge stock of highly-inflammable hosiery waste, which caught fire on Saturday afternoon. The cause of blaze is yet to be ascertained. At the time, about 20-25 employees, who were working inside the factory, ran out to save themselves.
After some time, relatives of Muhammad reached the site and said he was probably trapped inside. A team of fire officials, led by sub-fire officer Atish Rai, started a search operation, but to no avail.
On Sunday morning, people from nearby areas and relatives of Muhammad found his charred body under the burnt hosiery waste near the gate of the factory.
Rai said, “It is very unfortunate that a life has been lost in the incident. After being approached by the relatives of Muhammad, we, along with them, looked for him in the unit, but could not find him. It seems huge piles of burning hosiery waste fell on him and trapped him. Some people told us that he was unwell and resting inside a factory room at the time of the incident.”
Basti Jodhewal police station SHO sub-inspector Arshpreet Kaur Grewal said, “Muhammad lived in the factory. The factory owner, Rajiv Ranjan, did not inform the police and the fire brigade in time that a worker could be inside. He instead maintained that Muhammad had rushed out. As the deceased’s family and the factory owner have struck a compromise, we have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.”