Gujarat: Three workers killed in explosion at cement factory

Three workers were killed in an explosion at a cement factory in Padidad village, Rajkot district, Gujarat, early Monday, police said.

Gondal taluka police said the incident happened around 5 a.m. when workers at the Hi-Bond Cement factory were welding and sparks caused an explosion in a storage structure. Workers were hit by the debris and many sustained hand and leg injuries, police said.

“Three workers have been killed. We have reached the factory premises and are checking more details,” JM Dwivedi, deputy director of industrial safety and health at Rajkot, told the Indian Express.

The victims have been identified as Ashish Solanki (25), Rahul Pampaniya (22) and Amarnath Vishwakarma (30). Police said Solanki was from Devalpur village in Kodinar while Pampaniya was from Sutrapada village in Gir Somnath. Vishwakarma was from Uttar Pradesh.

The injured were rushed to a private hospital in Gondal for treatment. Their bodies were then transferred to another hospital for an autopsy,” a police officer said.

The plant covers 366 hectares and has the capacity to manufacture 1.5 million tonnes of cement per year.

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