Future and dreams of eight families gutted in Warangal

In a major fire at fire cracker factory in Warangal, almost all those killed were daily labourers, who shouldered the dreams and livelihood of their families.

Published: 05th July 2018 05:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2018 05:18 AM   |  A+A-

Family members mourn the death of their loved ones who lost their lives during the fire explosion, at the Fire Cracker Manufacturing Unit, in Warangal on Wednesday | EXPRESS PHOTO

By Express News Service

WARANGAL:  It was just like any other day for G Hari Krishna. Like regimen perfected over the last 15 years, he woke up, got ready and left for work on Wednesday. Lest did his family know that they wouldn’t see him again. The 38-year-old employee of Bhadrakali Fireworks was among those killed in the fire accident. A bachelor, Hari Krishna was the sole breadwinner of his family. His 60-year-old mother and brother rushed to the factory as soon as they heard the news of fire, hoping against hope that he would have survived.

But, their world came crashing as soon as they reached the spot -- the entire unit was gutted and the walls had completely collapsed. Inside the unit, some bodies had charred beyond recognition, and severed limbs lay strewn, flung far apart by the powerful blast. Krishna’s mother Lalitha almost collapsed in fear. “He was everything for us. We do not know what to do now,” said his brother Bharat, who now has to take care of his mother and sister.

Stories of eight other families, who lost their loved ones in the blast, were also similar. B Raghupathi (42) who was working as a supervisor in the unit for the last five years was also killed. He’s survived by a daughter pursuing graduation and son studying intermediate second year. “All our dreams have come crashing. We do not know how our family will survive,” said his daughter Radhika. Another worker Renuka’s family was seen running pillar to post at the MGM Hospital, not knowing what had happened to her. Her teenaged daughters broke down hearing of her death.

UNIT DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO MANUFACTURE CRACKERS According to district fire officer Bhagwan Reddy, the firecrackers unit did not have permission or licence to manufacture crackers and even permission for storing them had expired in 2017. “The Fire department do not issue permission for manufacturing of crackers or explosives. So there was no question of us granting permission. Whatever, the owner of the unit was doing was illegal. We give permission only for storing crackers that too after they comply with our norms,” he said. He added, for manufacturing of crackers and explosives, one have to take permission from the Controller of Explosives. Likewise, there are categories of licenses to sell fireworks, he said


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