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Pirana-Pipdaj blast/fire case: Court rejects bail plea of 2 accused

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Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad Sessions court has rejected the bail plea of two accused Hetal Sutariya and Pradip Bharvad in the blast and resulting fire in a chemical factory at Pirana-Pipdaj Road on November 4.

The court rejected the bail of Hetal Sutariya who is the owner of Sahil Enterprise and Pradip Bharwad who is one of the owners of the estate.

The court had earlier rejected the bail of another accused Nanu Bharwad last month. Twelve people were killed in the blast in the factory where chemicals were stored in violation of rules.

Pirana-Pidaj blast/fire: The complaint

A complaint was filed by Ashish Christian who lost his mother in the said blast. The woman was working at Kanika Fashion which is adjacent to Sahil Enterprise in Pirana-Pipdaj where the blast took place.

Based on the complaint all three accused – Nanu Bharwad, Pradip Bharwad, and Hetal Sutariya were arrested.

Nanu Bharwad was held responsible for leasing his estate to Sutariya despite knowing that the latter lacked permission from the authorities to run a chemical factory.

In the same way, Pradip Bharwad was arrested for leasing the estate to Kanika Fashion.

In the chemical blast, a total of 12 people lost their lives. This included four women and two minors.

Earlier the National Green Tribunal (NGT) slapped a fine of Rs5 crore on Sahil Enterprises in Nanubhai estate in the Pirana-Pipdaj fire incident.

The Pirana-Pipdaj blast had happened due to the chemical stored in the warehouse of the textile unit. The NGT in an order has asked the owner of Sahil Enterprise to pay the Rs5 crore fine failing which the state has been ordered to confiscate their property.

A six-member committee headed by a former judge of the high court was to investigate the matter. The NGT has also asked the chief secretary to take appropriate action against those responsible.

 

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