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Bhubaneswar Petrol Pump Inferno: Multi-Pronged Probe Underway, Says DCP

Bhubaneswar: Two weeks back on October 7, a massive explosion at the filling station at Raj Bhavan square rocked Odisha Capital. It was one of the never-seen-before mishaps which claimed one life and left at least eight persons injured. A technical contract worker who was present at the site is still missing.

Today while sharing details about the probe into this petrol pump inferno, Deputy Commissioner of Police Umashankar Dash said technical guidelines and regulations are applicable and very crucial while investigating in such mishaps. “Therefore all angles are being examined. We are seeking opinion of different agencies in this probe.”

At least four agencies including the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) is investigating into the incident. The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) formerly Department of Explosives, based at Nagpur is conducting a probe at its level.

Odisha’s State Forensic Sciences Laboratory (SFSL) based in Bhubaneswar along with the Twin City Police Commissionerate had initiated the probe from the day the incident took place. “The DNA sampling of the person missing is being done at SFSL. We expect that the results of the DNA tests will be out soon,” the DCP added.

The impact of this explosion was so intense that window panels of Government quarters and flats located in 100-metre radius were shattered. Two-wheelers and cars which were at the petrol pump had sustained extensive damage in the incident.

Earlier, Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi had informed that a case has been registered by Capital Police under Sections 285, 286, 337 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code, in connection with this incident.

Umashankar Dash, DCP, Bhubaneswar


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