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UP: 4 die in suspected cylinder blast

Bulandshahr (UP), Mar 31 (PTI) Four people died in a suspected gas cylinder blast in a house here on Friday, police said.

According to officials, the district authorities have formed a three-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the accident and lodged an FIR. Special forensic units from Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Agra have been called to collect evidence from the spot.

A call was received in the afternoon regarding a cylinder blast in a house built in the middle of the fields in Nayagaon in the Kotwali Nagar area, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Shlok Kumar said.

The house where the explosion took place was destroyed, police said.

Some cylinders have been found and police, district administration, fire brigade and CMO teams are engaged in relief and rescue operations, the SSP said.

District Magistrate Chandra Prakash Singh said there was an explosion in a house built in the middle of the fields and the bodies of four people have been recovered so far, adding that a forensic unit has also been called to collect evidence.

People around are being questioned and necessary information is being obtained in this regard, he said.

The DM said some cylinders and drums have also been found on the spot and all aspects are being investigated to ascertain the reason behind the blast.

The SSP said an FIR regarding the matter has been lodged at Kotwali police station and added, “A three member SIT including officers of police, administration and fire department has been formed to investigate the matter.” The officer said the place where the blast occurred is registered as one M/s Air Star Traders, a chemical works firm.

“The owner of the firm, one Rajkumar, along with some others have been detained for questioning,” the SSP added. PTI COR CDN SAB RDT

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