Uri traders demand time-bound inquiry into Lagama LPG cylinder blast

The Traders Federation Uri observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday to press their demand for time-bound inquiry into the recent Lagama LPG cylinder blast which left five of a family dead.

The traders and the relatives of the deceased had termed the blast as “mysterious” and demanded thorough investigation into the incident.

Haji Sanaullah, President, Traders’ Federation Uri said the explosion left five of a family dead while one is still battling for life at AIMS Delhi. He said the intensity and the circumstances of the incident suggest that it should be probed.

“The relatives of the deceased are shocked. They could not believe that the leakage in the 5-kg cylinder from which maximum gas had already exhausted by daily use, could cause such a catastrophe. In this hour of grief, we are with the family and request the authorities to initiate an inquiry into the incident,” he said.

On May 27, as per police, in the gas cylinder explosion at Lagama Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, six members of a family were critically injured.

The injured had been shifted to SKIMS hospital for advanced treatment. “Four members including mother and her three teen age daughters succumbed at SKIMS, while two injured were shifted to AIIMS Delhi on the direction of Governor administration.”

At AIIMS, one of the injured, six year old boy succumbed to his injuries taking the total death toll to five. While one more injured, is battling for the life since last one week at AIIMS.

The incident shocked entire area of Uri generating demand for the transparent probe into the incident.

Shabir Ahmad, a kin of the victim family, said the incident has devastated the entire family. He said there are serious questions which need to be answered. He said if gas cylinder was intact and did not explode then what type of explosion happened inside the house. “The deceased had burn injuries and it is presumed that they might have died due to the gas leak. However, why there was huge explosion which was heard three kilometres from the place of incidence? If gas cylinder did not explode then what caused explosion? We believe there is some conspiracy which need to be unearthed,” said Shabir Ahmad.

The family belong to Silkote village, which is close to Line of Control and had shifted to the Lagama village few years back.

SSP Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said that police have already initiated inquiry into the incident which otherwise is a normal procedure. “However, if family has any doubt then they need to wait for the FSL report.”

“Police talked to the injured family members when they were alive. They said it was a gas cylinder explosion which occurred when they were in the house. We have sent samples for the chemical examination. Once report will come it will be shared with the relatives of the victim family,” he said.