Hyderabad: In the Chengicherla fire mishap in which 17 persons were injured when a petrol tanker exploded on Friday, the Medipally police booked a case against the owner of the site, Raju, his brother and others.
The police citing preliminary investigations suspect them of indulging in the illegal act of pilfering fuel from the oil tankers. In an attempt to pilfer petrol, they brought the loaded fuel tanker here and parked it in an enclosed site, a few kms away from Warangal highway. The tankers had come from a petrol station in Kakinada.
Police after examination of the spot suspect it was being illegally used to pilfer petrol from tankers for a long time. On Friday, the explosion occurred due to sparks from a cutter used to cut the seal for transferring oil from one tanker to another.
“We are still probing the mishap and further action will be taken based on the evidence,” the police said.
The Medipally booked a theft case, criminal breach of trust, causing grievous hurt, receiving stolen goods, mischief by fire or explosive substance resulting in damage under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Police have launched a manhunt to nab the suspects at the earliest.
A routine day turns fatal for many
It was an unplanned short trip to purchase ingredients to make popular sweet dish ‘Double Ka Meetha’ that landed Sheik Ibrahim on a hospital bed on Friday. For Gopal Chary, the decision to have a haircut brought him out of his house and finally, saw him on a bed in Gandhi Hospital. Both suffered serious burn injuries after the petrol tanker exploded and went up in flames at Chengicherla on Friday.
Ibrahim, a 60-year-old tailor from Rahat Nagar in Amberpet was planning the wedding of his daughter in a couple of months from now. Before that, he had gone to attend a function at his relative’s house in Medipally. From there, he was going to buy bread and other items for preparing ‘Double ka Meetha’ when the mishap occurred.
“Ibrahim is the sole breadwinner of his family, and due to his age issues, works only for half of the days in a month and earns money. Apart from him, his wife and three kids survive on his earning alone. Recently, he performed the engagement of his daughter and was planning the wedding in two months,” a relative said.
Ibrahim along with his relative Sheik Jaleel Khan, 50, were injured in the fire.
“There was a function in the family and they both were going on a bike to get bread and other stuff to prepare ‘Double ka Meetha’. They saw the fire erupting from the site and though they had already passed the spot, the flames spread quickly and caught them from behind,” the relative said, adding that Ibrahim was in a serious condition.
In another case, Gopal Chary, 40, who works for a goldsmith at Medipally, was going for a hair-cut when he too was injured in the fire mishap. He had told his family that he was going out and would return within an hour. However, he ended up on a bed in Gandhi Hospital instead.
“I saw the explosion and subsequent high flames and smoke. I was walking along the roadside. It was like a heavy wind that threw me off balance even as I felt the scorching heat and searing pain,” he said, adding that the police with the help of locals had rushed him and other victims to hospitals.