4 HELD BY BOISAR POLICE, AS TOLL RISES TO 4, NO SAFETY AUDIT DONE IN 3 YEARS!!

The  fire in the Novaphene Speciality, Boisar MIDC on ​9 March midnight. ​Six  nearby units have been charred completely. 

Mumbai : Four persons of a  chemical unit, including the Director have been arrested by theBoisar MIDC police on Tuesday morning and when produced before the Palghar court, all the four have been released on personal bond and cash surety of Rs 15,000. On 8 March night, 40 resounding blasts occurred in the Novaphene Specialities Limited, and as  a result, 6 adjoining units were completely destroyed. Meantime, the toll has risen to four, with one more death reported of the watchman of the neighbouring unit, which also bore the brunt of the blast. The watchman died on Monday late night in a Surat hospital. Meantime, in a damning report, the Director of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) have mentioned that the Novaphene Specialities Limited did not conduct any safety audit was conducted since 2015. 

The fourth victim, Nackched Singh(62) a watchman with the Prachi Industries, died on Monday night during treatment at a Surat hospital. He was first admitted in a comatose condition in a Mira Road private hospital, and later shifted to a Surat hospital, where he died. The other three victims are Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria, and Alok Nath (all contract workers of the neighbouring Arti Drugs which also got destroyed in the blasts).

The Boisar MIDC police on Tuesday morning, arrested Saral Dinesh Shah (director), Hemraj Paraatne, manager, Gyandeep Mhatre, chemist and Raju Raote, worker under Sections 304 (a)(causing death by negligence), 285,286,287 (negligence), 427 (mischief) of the IPC and when produced before the Palghar court on Tuesday evening, all the four have been released on bail on a personal bond and cash surety of Rs 15,000 each,said Avtaru Gupta, counsel for the four accused. 

NO SAFETY AUDIT IN 3 YEARS

n a startling disclosure, Sudhakar Rathod, Acting Director, Director of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH), has said no safety audit was conducted by a government approved auditor since 2015 and this is a serious case.  My subordinate H Dhawad, Joint Director (Safety) DISH has submitted his report to me and this damning lacunae has been observed, said Rathod. In fact, on Tuesday we have registered an offence against Dinesh Shah, Director of Novaphene Specialities as he is the occupier of the plant, under the Factories Act against Novaphene Specialities before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thane,said the official.

Furthermore, the guilty company, Novaphene Specialities did not appoint any qualified supervisor or chemical engineer which is required during any chemical process in a hazardous unit. An unqualified worker was given the task to conduct the process and the worker increased the steam pressure in the glass lined reactor containing the hazardous solvent resulting in the series of blasts, as the chemicals inside the reactor started to boil rapidly, and thus the 40 continuous blasts occurred, said Rathod. The company did not take necessary permission from DISH to manufacture any intermediate chemical inside its premises,said Rathod.