Boiler Blasts at Nitika Pharmaceuticals, 17 Injured


Around two dozen workers of a private pharmaceutical company at Wanjra layout on Kamptee Road were injured in a major blast on its premises on Friday.

Seventeen workers were injured, nine of them seriously, when a boiler exploded in a private pharmaceutical company in Wanjri, Pilli Nadi Industrial Area, Kamptee Road, Nagpur on the outskirts of the city tonight, police said.

The workers sustained serious burn injuries, as the manufacturing unit went up in flames. The noise of the blast was so loud that it could be heard from far.

Ravleen Bhasin, proprietor of the pharmaceutical company, said the incident took place at a time when the shift ended and workers were leaving the premises. “There are no casualties so far. Several fire tenders are at the spot trying to control the blaze. We are yet to ascertain the actual cause of the blast. The entire place is engulfed by flames making it difficult to enter the premises.”

Chief fire officer Rajendra Ucchke too rushed to the spot with his teams to supervise operations.

It was learnt that the blast was so powerful that it caused panic among those living in the neighbouring localities. Cops from various police stations reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

Most of the injured people sustained serious burn injuries due to the blast and were rushed to nearby hospitals, including state-run Mayo hospital, they said.