Tikamgarh: Three minor girls were
killed in an explosion at an illegal cracker manufacturing unit at Niwadi area, 80 km from here, Wednesday.
"The three girls were working in the factory when the
incident occurred. The explosion blew off the unit," district
collector Akhilesh Shrivastava said.
Two of the victims have been identified as Mala Khatik
and Roshani and efforts are on to identify the third girl, he
Shrivastava said there was a possibility of more boys
and girls being trapped in the debris.
A team was on its way to Niwadi from the district
headquarters to the site, he said, adding the factory owner
Ashok Kori, a former BJP corporator, and his family members
fled after the explosion.
The collector said that though the unit had been
granted cracker manufacturing licence to do business outside
the city, Kori was illegally running the factory in some rooms
of his house in the densely populated Koriyan locality.
A criminal case against Kori will be registered after
an inquiry to find out the reasons behind the explosion, he
Shrivastava said that the family members of the
deceased have been given Rs 10,000 as initial aid.