three die in explosion at Derabassi dhaba on Chandigarh-Delhi freeway


Tribune News Service
Dera Bassi, November 13

Three persons died while one person was seriously injured in an explosion that took place at Rama Dhaba in Sarseni village, Derabassi on the main Chandigarh-Delhi highway.

It is suspected that the blast took place during theft of oil from an oil vehicle.

Three persons including the owner, Jaswinder Singh, Bablu and Vikram died in the incident. The deceased were aged around 35, 20 and 24 years respectively.

Another person suffered more than 80 per cent burns and remains critically ill and is under treatment at PGI, Chandigarh. The driver of the oil tanker is also reported to have suffered burn injuries.

Aashika Jain, Additional District Magistrate (ADM), and Kuldeep Bawa, SDM, reached the spot along with the SSP Satinder Singh. Given that the building had developed cracks, evaluation of the structural safety has been directed. 

Further inspections shall be carried out at all dhabas in the area to check the illegal activity of oil theft, by joint teams of police and civil officers.

The SDM has been ordered to conduct an enquiry into the incident.

“Strict criminal action shall be taken against those found violating the law,” said ADM Anshika Jain.



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