A 48-year-old cracker maker, Ramakanta Sahoo, was killed and five of his family members sustained serious injuries in an explosion in an illegal cracker manufacturing unit on Saturday night at Pashimabachalo village under the Binjharpur police station of Jajpur district The injured persons were identified as Ramakanta’s son Sobhagya Sahoo (23), mother Rukmani (78) and sister Santilata Sahoo (50) and one Sudhanshu Das (23). They were first admitted in the Primary Health Centre at Binjharapur. Later, they were shifted to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack as their conditions deteriorated. Ramakanta Sahoo succumbed to his serious burn injuries at the SCB Hospital.
“Police have filed a case under Sections 3 and 5 of the Indian Explosive Substances Act and Sections 323, (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) 34 (common intention) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 304 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the injured persons and are investigating the case,” said Binjharapur police station IIC Shiba Charan Behera.