At least 28 persons were injured in a blast at an explosives’ godown located on Neeli road at Sunam in Sangrur district in Punjab late on Monday. Civil Surgeon, Sangrur Dr Kiran Bali informed that total 28 injured were brought to the hospital.
The 14 people sustaining minor injuries were discharged after treatment. The condition of four persons is said to be critical. Seriously injured are under treatment at Rajendra hospital, Patiala.
The intensity of blast was so high that the entire building of the godown was destroyed. Deputy Commissioner Amarpartap Singh Virk and Senior Superintendent of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operation. JCB machines were pressed into service to extricate those trapped under the debris. The timely action helped save many lives.
District Authorities informed that the owner of the godown had valid licence issued by competent authorities. The cause of the blast is not yet clear.