The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the West Bengal Police has apprehended the prime accused, Krishnapada Bag, also known as Bhanu, along with two other individuals from Odisha in connection with the explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in Egra, East Midnapore district. The blast, which occurred on Tuesday, resulted in the loss of nine lives and left several others injured. The CID officials successfully arrested Bhanu from a private nursing home in Cuttack, Odisha, where he was undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in the explosion. Bhanu’s son, Prithvijit Bag, and nephew Indrajit Bag were also taken into custody.
Investigation reveals escape and serious injuries of the accused
According to reports, Bhanu had managed to escape the blast site along with his son and close associates immediately after the explosion took place. The arrested accused individuals are said to have sustained serious injuries. Initially, the CID had considered transferring Bhanu to a hospital in Kolkata. However, due to the critical nature of his condition, doctors treating him stated that he could not be moved. In response to this development, the state police officials have requested Odisha Police to station guards at the nursing home to prevent any attempts by Bhanu to escape.
Demands for resignation and ongoing investigation
Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari has called for the resignation of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in light of the blast at the illegal firecracker unit in Egra. Adhikari alleges that the incident points to collusion between the factory owner and the ruling Trinamool Congress. He further demanded an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and urged the state government to provide compensation of Rs 10 lakhs to each affected individual. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has pledged compensation of Rs 2.5 lakhs to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to the injured individuals. The state government will also bear the expenses of their medical treatment.
The investigation into the explosion is ongoing, with the CID officials looking into the illegal activities at the firecracker factory. The FIR filed includes relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the West Bengal Fire Services Act. The CID’s efforts to apprehend the prime accused and the subsequent arrests mark progress in the case as authorities work to uncover the details surrounding the tragic incident.
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