The dying of 1 in seven individuals, principally every day wagers, within the spurious liquor tragedy on January 21, uncovered the plight of illicit liquor factories. Barely a month later, a manufacturing unit fireplace on Tuesday once more uncovered unlawful mining, smuggling of wooden and unauthorized manufacturing of firecrackers in Una district, notorious for the liquor mafia.

It’s election season in Himachal Pradesh and the ruling BJP should do a lot to clarify how unlawful factories within the state’s key industrial space bordering Punjab, the most recent underneath cloud dealing with explosives, function.

Six girls – all migrant laborers from Uttar Pradesh – had been burnt alive and 14 others, 11 of whom had been preventing for his or her lives at PGI Chandigarh, after a large fireplace broke out at a unit working within the industrial space of ​​Bathu, Tahliwal in Una district. Bought burnt.

Talking to Outlook, Deputy Commissioner (Una) Raghav Sharma mentioned that there isn’t a official document about this manufacturing unit that has acquired obligatory clearances together with permission underneath Explosive Substances Act.

“The unit didn’t get electrical energy provide and water connection. Every thing appears to be tousled as per the data acquired from the Basic Supervisor of District Industries Centre. I’ve requested for fast bodily verification of all industries situated in Una Industrial Space” mentioned Sharma. , which needed to function extra factories and industrial models with out obligatory approvals can’t be dominated out.

The native individuals advised the administration that each one the uncooked materials was introduced at evening however the development was accomplished through the day. The plot, the place the controversial manufacturing unit is situated, was sanctioned for various functions to different house owners, whose energy provide was reduce in 2021 when the promoters ceased their operations. How the unlawful firecracker manufacturing unit got here into existence on the similar place raises severe questions. It can not occur with out administrative or political patronage, alleges CPM MLA Rakesh Singh.

Raghav Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, District Una, Himachal Pradesh

The incident has raised issues within the state’s industries division as Chief of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, who can also be a senior MLA from the area, has been demanding an impartial probe amid the 1997 Delhi “Uphaar Cinema” fireplace.

He mentioned, ‘I wish to know on whose directions this unlawful manufacturing unit was operating for the final one yr. It is unbelievable that they did not have fundamental clearances/licenses. How they introduced the explosive materials, saved it and thus put the lives of poor migrant laborers, particularly girls, in grave hazard. There’s actually a political assimilation and severe administrative lapse. I do not rule out extra such factories in Una and elsewhere,” he fears.

Agnihotri, himself industries minister within the earlier Congress authorities, claims that Una is the worst instance the place mining mafia is ruling, liquor mafia is operating inter-state racket and timer mafia is looting the inexperienced belt of the state.

Discovering himself in response, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has constituted a Particular Investigation Crew (SIT) headed by DIG rank IPS officer Sumedha Dwivedi and in addition despatched Industries Minister Bikram Singh to the spot.

“If discovered concerned within the investigation, exemplary motion shall be taken towards the house owners and officers. Police have additionally registered a case at Haroli police station,” Thakur advised the state meeting.

Surprisingly, the state authorities has a excessive degree ‘single window’ empowered committee headed by the Chief Minister which provides in-principle approval to every industrial unit/manufacturing unit. Preliminary inquiries carried out by the Deputy Commissioner of Una haven’t but yielded credible data about this unlawful firecracker manufacturing unit, the place 35 to 40 staff had been engaged.

There have been actually heart-wrenching scenes on the unlucky website the place households had been in shock, unable to acknowledge their very own type, lowered to skeletons and items of flesh. Some individuals had been unable to step close to the destroyed website.

Anwar Hussain, who had misplaced his spouse Akhtari (45) and daughter Aamta (19), might acknowledge the physique from the earrings and bangles. His spouse had began work within the manufacturing unit 5 months again and his daughter had began work solely two months again.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh every to the kin of the deceased girls laborers and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

Other than Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh, the state’s largest industrial space, which is now Asia’s largest pharmaceutical hub, Una district ranks second in industries, adopted by Sirmaur and Kangra districts.

The federal government, for the previous one yr, has been working onerous to get Rs 1,000 crore ‘bulk drug parks’ underneath the central authorities’s plan to fabricate Energetic Pharmaceutical Substances (APIs) and intermediates in three Indian states geared toward lowering dependence on China. working onerous. The proposed website can also be situated in Una district.

Solely a month in the past, after seven individuals had been killed in a first-of-its-kind spurious liquor tragedy within the state, the police got here to learn about two state-run illicit liquor distilleries and a large racket of smuggling illicit liquor. Police SIT has arrested about two dozen individuals.

In the meantime, state Industries Minister Bikram Singh mentioned that through the inspection, one other such unlawful manufacturing unit has been detected, which has been burnt within the fireplace. This has, the truth is, raised doubts in regards to the complicity of the officers who’re in jeopardy for his or her function within the tragedy as effectively.

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