To, Date 5/9/2012
National Human Rights Commission,
Sub : In reference of at least 30 people were killed and more than 50 injured on Wednesday when an explosion tore through a fireworks factory in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu.
I want to drag your attention on the news of Chennai on Sep 5 (IANS) that at least 30 people were killed and more than 50 injured Wednesday when an explosion tore through a fireworks factory in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. It is reported that the accident happened around 12.30 p.m. in one of the biggest factories in the area. In this accident nearly 40 of the 48 sheds in the sprawling warehouse had been destroyed in the blaze. Also nearly 50 injured people had been taken to hospitals in Sivakasi and Virudhunagar. A medical team was treating those who suffered minor burn injuries. Thirteen fire tenders battled the flames while more than 25 ambulances ferried the injured to hospitals. Thick smoke and continuing blasts in the factory area hindered rescue efforts. The fire from one of the sheds quickly spread to the rest of the factory, thanks to a huge stock of raw materials/firecrackers being readied for the upcoming festival season.
According to reports, only 53 workers are known to have come out of the factory after the fire. Villagers were seen carrying away the injured in their arms or in cloth sheets in the absence of stretchers. Police said the exact numbers inside the factory was not known. Normally, there are 300 workers in a firecracker factory. Crackers are produced in small rooms with space for not more than four people. The rooms have four doors so that workers can rush out in case of any emergency. Cracker units allegedly employ inexperienced workers during the Diwali season in order to meet the demand, which in turn results in such accidents.
Sivakasi is one of the oldest and biggest firecracker manufacturing hubs in India. Nearly 90 percent of the country's fireworks are made in Sivakasi along with 80 percent of the safety matches.
So please kindly take this on your notice and immediately give compensation to the injured person and death person's family. And also order to inquiry of that accident and do needful action.
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Anup Kumar Srivastava
Peoples Vigilance Committee on human rights
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