Update: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the deceased. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces reward of one lakh on culprits of the Jhabua blast.
The blast occurred in a massive stock-pile of deadly gelatin sticks stored illegally in the building, earlier it was speculated that LPG cylinders caused the blast. The case has been registered under 3/4 of Explosives Act and section 304 of IPC against Rajendra Kaswa, who is absconding.
Rajendra Kaswa had rented the space in the building to run an agriculture product business five years ago.
The police have also sealed his residence in Jain colony in Petlavad and godowns owned by his four brothers. At least 89 people, including three children, were killed and over 150 injured in a massive explosion of a deadly stockpile of gelatin rods, urea and other chemicals stored illegally inside a building at a busy bus-stand in Petlawad-Thandla highway in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, at around 8.30 am on Saturday.
The detonation ripped apart the three-storey residence-cum-commercial complex which ran a busy eatery along the state highway. There were at least 60 people inside Sethia restaurant and around 100 others inside the building and an adjoining flour mill when the blast occurred. Many of those killed were daily-wagers.
The intensity of the blast tore apart bodies that flew out of the building in a ball of fire. Vehicles parked nearby were charred to skeletal remains. It’s suspected that the gelatin sticks and other chemicals were illegally stored by a local contractor, Rajendra Kaswa of Petlawad, who had rented space in the building to run an agriculture product business five years ago.