Mumbai: Cylinder Blast - Three from Kundapur Among Four Killed

Mumbai: Cylinder Blast - Three from Kundapur Among Four Killed
Rons Bantwal
With Inputs from Silvester D'Souza, Kundapur
Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (VM)
Mumbai, Nov 22:
Four People were killed and around 17 others injured in a gas cylinder blast at a godown of Mahaveer steel shop located in Ekvira building, in front of Virar (West) railway station around 8.32 pm on Tuesday November 20. The shop belongs to Dilip Jain.
Among the four dead, three were from Kundapur taluk in Udupi district.

Govind, Manjunath Shetty, Manjunath Poojary

They have been identified as Govind Shetty (28), Manjunath Shetty (26) and Manjunath Poojary (25). They were working in an adjoining hotel named ‘Vadvalite’ owned by a Marathi person. Amongst the three, Govind and Manjunath Shetty are siblings and Manjunath Poojary was their close friend.

Govind Shetty and Manjunath Shetty were the sons of Ramayya and Nagamma Shetty. Govind was married to Jyothi Shetty and the couple has two children - daughter Sinchana studying in second standard and son Sajju who is 4 year old.

Manjunath Poojary is survived by his parents Shankar and Eramma Poojary, a younger brother and a sister.

Unconfirmed reports stated that Dilip Jain also died in the incident. It is said that Jain was illegally transferring LPG from cylinders for industrial purpose to domestic ones, which reportedly led to the blast. Sources said that by doing so, he would illegally sell cylinders to auto rickshaw drivers.

Among the 17 injured, two are said to have sustained 90 percent burns.
The impact of the blast was such that, the adjoining ‘Shreya’ hotel belonging to Virar Shankar Shetty, former president of Virar hotel association was partially damaged. However, the customers and waiters had a lucky escape as they left the place immediately. A tailoring shop beside ‘Shreya’ hotel was said to be completely damaged and incurred a heavy loss.
Speaking to Daijiworld, Nagaraj Shetty Karkala who was managing ‘Vadvalite’ hotel said that the store room of Mahaveer steel was beside their hotel and the workers were residing in the same place.
The injured persons were soon rushed to Sanjeevini hospital. On November 21, around 5 am, medical examination was conducted and their body was sent to Kundapur in Ambulance.
Nagaraj Shetty said that one of their employees was married and thus he has promised to help his family. In this regard, he has asked his wife and other family members to come to Mumbai.
Kshithij Hithendra Thakur and Vasai MLA Vivek Pandith visited the spot and promised to provide relief to the victims.
A case has been registered at Virar (West) police station.

Comment on this article

  • jayesh, Virar, Thane

    Thu, Dec 13 2012

    Very Said now to visit the Shreya Hotel.

    Now onwards i guest its not safe to go. & even Hotel is memeber should do the insurance of the Staff Memeber to get Maximum benefits & maximum compensation.For the Family Memeber to Run the Re-cycle of LIfe.

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  • vishwanatha shetty, kundapur/dubai

    Fri, Nov 23 2012

    Government have to take action regarding this illegal business and i force to punish one who done this.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Fri, Nov 23 2012

    MAY THE SOULS OF THE DECEASED PERSONS REST IN ETERNAL PEACE AND GIVE COMFORT TO THE BEREAVED FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. Due to shortage of gas cylinders some and people like Dilip Jain try to make a fast buck at the cost of others life. Fortunately Dilip died in this cylinder blast as otherwise he would have to spend his lifetime in jail. The three young who perished in the blast must have been the bread winner for the family. I hope they will get the maximum compensation.

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  • SP Shetty, Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    May their souls rest in peace ..

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    A deadly illegal gas business?.People sometime go to an extreem step were they endanger thier life and the others too!.Bomaby sometime we see people living in a hell and some in a haven .A strange Bombay!.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    Transferring LPG from cylinder for industrial to domestic use,!!! illegal deadly business took the lives of 4, Even the Building owner is equally repsonsible for hiring the congested commercial building for this type of business.

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  • Rohit, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    I wonder the how safe is the reticulated gas supply system in Mangalore Apartments . They stock 10 commercial size cylinders in the basement . One accidental explosion and I am sure half the building will collapse.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    People don’t realize the danger while doing business in LPG. Though Dilip Jain paid price for his deadly business but he took another three lives too. May be the 3 youths were sole bread winner for their family but fate had something else in its store. Since most of us know hotel employees condition in Mumbai or some of us like me mighty have worked in Hotel or Canteen at Mumbai, all these employees almost every time on daily basis talks about their family back at our Coastal Area. Often they might have been exploited by Hotel Employers none other than by our people, but they never takes any drastic steps to express their feeling simply because they remember their family back at home. Oh God pls give the strength to bear the loss to family of those deceased

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