West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose will apparently visit the hospital where the injured of the illegal firecracker factory blast were admitted. The Barasat district hospital on August 27 informed that seven people died in the blast at an illegal firecracker manufacturing factory in Duttapukur earlier today. Hospital Superintendent Subrata Mondal said that a total of eight patients are currently admitted to the hospital.
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Speaking to the media, Barasat District Hospital Superintendent Subrata Mondal said, “Eight patients are currently admitted to the hospital. One person died here, and the six were brought dead by the police. So a total of seven have died.”
Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari said that the entire West Bengal is sitting on a powder keg. “This is not an isolated incident. The entire state is sitting on a powder keg. The chief minister had promised to close these illegal cracker-manufacturing factories but she is busy protecting the thieves in her government and hosting the Imams instead. She is holding meetings with Muslim preachers,” he said.
Suvendu Adhikari demands probe by NIA
Suvendu Adhikari on Sunday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and requested him to initiate an investigation by the National Investigation Agency into the Duttapukur firecracker factory explosion incident.
“These incidents have caused immense loss of life and property, and it is imperative that a thorough and impartial investigation is conducted to ascertain the causes behind these tragic events. Local residents in Duttapukur have reported that at least six to seven people have lost their lives in the recent explosion, and the death toll might rise further,” the letter read.
West Bengal | West Bengal BJP President Dr Sukanta Majumdar writes to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting an NIA investigation into the incidents of explosion in Duttapukur. pic.twitter.com/EwDXDk2LU0
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“Considering the gravity of the situation and the potential threat these incidents pose to the safety and security of the region, I earnestly request your intervention. I urge you to direct the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into these explosions, covering all aspects including the possibility of any terror-related activities,” the letter further read.
Suvendu Adhikari further stated that the investigation by NIA into this incident will instill confidence in the local citizens over their safety. “The families of the victims and the affected communities deserve answers, justice, and assurance that such incidents will not recur. Your prompt attention to this matter and your decision to initiate an NIA investigation will not only bring clarity to the circumstances surrounding these explosions but also instill confidence in the citizens that the government is committed to their safety and security,” the letter read.