Explosion at Sugar Mill in Sitapur Leaves Three Dead and Two Injured
A tragic incident occurred at a sugar mill in Sitapur, located approximately 90 km from the capital, resulting in the death of three people and leaving two others injured. The explosion took place at Jawaharpur sugar mill during a testing phase, causing a devastating impact that claimed the lives of the workers on the spot.
The incident took place around 4 pm when the mill employees and laborers were engaged in cleaning activities. Suddenly, there was a loud noise as the tank burst due to increased pressure. The lid of the tank bounced off and struck the tin shed of the mill, trapping a worker beneath it. The impact was so severe that both of his legs were amputated, as reported by the police.
Sitapur SDM Sadar Gyanendra Dwivedi stated that the explosion occurred in a newly set up ethanol tank during a rehearsal before its proper functioning.
Upon learning about the accident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief and instructed the District Magistrate of Sitapur to immediately reach the site and ensure proper treatment for the injured. He also extended his condolences to the families of the deceased.
The Sitapur police confirmed the deaths of three individuals and identified them as Avtaar Singh (28) from Ramkot, Sitapur, Raju Maurya (43), and Vinod Singh (42) from Bareilly.
According to Sitapur District Magistrate Anuj Singh, the accident occurred during a trial run of the plant, which was not operating normally. The incident took place in the fermentation chamber due to a sudden buildup of vapor in the grain tank of a newly built ethanol distillery.
The sugar mill representatives stated that the factory was not fully operational and the fire in the boiler occurred unexpectedly.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of ensuring safety measures are in place during industrial operations. Investigations will be conducted to determine the exact cause of the explosion, and steps will be taken to prevent such incidents in the future..