Jajpur, Oct 10 (LocalWire): 23-year-old illegal cracker manufacturer Sobhagya Sahoo succumbed to his injuries last night at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack raising the death toll to two.
Sahoo had sustained serious injuries on Saturday after an explosion at their illegal cracker manufacturing unit inside their house in village Paschimabachalo under Binjharapur police station in Jajpur district in which his father Ramakanta Sahoo was killed.
His 78-year-old grandmother Rukmani Sahoo, aunt Santilata Sahoo and neighbour Sudhanshu Das are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
The family had no license to manufacture firecrackers and the cracker-making unit was running illegally, said IIC of Binjharapur police station, Shiba Charan Behera.
After the death of the father-son duo, police today swung into action and raided several illegal cracker-manufacturing units in Jajpur district and seized huge amounts of crackers from Paschimabachalo, Chikana, Alakuntha, Manitapur and other villages.
Police also arrested an illegal cracker manufacturer Gopal Mallick from Manitapur and booked him under Sections 3, 4 and 9 of Indian Explosive and Substance Act and Sections 4 and 5 of Loudspeakers and Firework Act.
He was remanded in judicial custody after the local court rejected his bail application, Behera said.
Police are trying to ensure strict implementation of cracker sale norms. ‘Our first target is to keep tabs on all the legal cracker-manufacturing units, which according to norms should be located in an open space, away from any locality.
We are also checking if these units and shops have valid licenses issued by the district administration,’ he added.
Police are also checking buses as many people transport crackers on buses which can lead to accidents any time, he said.