3 dead in a bakery chimney collapse

A 30-foot-tall chimney of Aqsa Bakery at Jogeshwari West fell, resulting in 3 deaths and leaving 2 injured. All the 5 were employees at the Bakery.

The incident occurred on July 22, around 10.15pm. They were taken to Cooper Hospital in Andheri and Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Centre.The deceased were identified as Kismat Shakoor Ali and Jitendra Rudan Harijan, both 24, and Teji Morari Bhargav, 22, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

As per The Hindu, Subhash Khanvilkar, Senior PI, Oshiwara police station, said that they have asked for expert opinion on whether it was due to the negligence of the owner or the rains and further actions will be taken only after they have received a report from the PWD and the BMC building permission department.

“The chimney had been made of bricks and was around 15 feet in height. Around six years ago, residents had complained of smoke from the bakery. The BMC had intervened and the height of the chimney was increased to nearly 30 feet, and a metal out-way had been fitted on top,” said Akhlaqe Shaikh,40, an employee of the bakery. He further added that the construction had no leakages, but the metal extension had no support and the night of the incident being a windy one might have caused it to fall.

Basic repairs were in progress as the bakery had been leased out a month back. The bakery had around 35 employees, all lived on the premises. On Saturday night, 17 of them were in the Bakery.

News Source: Hindu, Indian Express

Image Source: Times Of India