Charred bodies of four employees found from gutted factory in West Bengal.


Fire officials bring out the body of workers from the building in New Barrackpore on Saturday. (Source of image: The Telegraph) On May 30, 4 bodies completely burnt, that got recovered from a factory gutted in North 24 Parganas, in Kolkata, West Bengal. They identify the deceased as Tanmoy Ghosh (23), Amit Sen (32), Subrata Ghosh (35), and Swarup Ghosh (42). Their bodies were handed over to New Barrackpore police. Later sent to the College of Medicine and Sagar Dutta Hospital for post-mortem. The fire broke out in a garment factory at Bilkanda (an industrial estate in New Barrackpore), on May 27. After the fire broke out, the bodies of four employees at the factory remained untraceable. They found their phones to be switched off and their bicycles damaged by the fire. On May 29, when police and fire brigade finally entered the factory, they recovered the bodies from a staircase that connects to the terrace. In order to save themselves, it is believed that the four tried to reach the terrace to escape. Unfortunately, the door was locked and all of them suffocated to death on the staircase. Before letting the firefighters enter the building, around 10.30 am on May 29, a team of PWD engineers examined the condition of the building. Few walls of the top floor were demolished for an aerial view. Police used a drone camera to identify the pocket fires, and located the charred bodies on the staircase. Manoj Verma, the Commissioner of Barrackpore police said: “An investigation is started against the owner of the vest company and we are trying to locate its owner. The fire, however, could not be brought under control completely as we have spotted pocket fires on the premises.” Two complaints are lodged against the owners of the vest company - one by the fire services department and other by the family of deceased assistant manager Tanmoy Ghosh. Sougata Roy, a Local MP informed that a compensation of Rs 2 lakh will be handed to the deceased's families. He added, “We will try to ensure payment of their dues like PF as early as possible."

(Source of Image: Sangbad Pratidin) The entire incident took place on May 27, at around 3:00 am. The fire broke out at the Nabadurga Textiles — a vest manufacturing company on the Bilkanda-Sajirhat industrial zone of New Barrackpore. The fire engulfed the godown of a prominent medicine retail chain housed on the two upper floors of the same building. The fire department used 14 fire tenders and 2 robot firefighters to extinguish the fire, though the blaze could not be brought under control until the early hours of May 29. It was reported that the building in which the four employees got trapped, were full of inflammable items like petroleum gas cylinders, petroleum-based products, chemicals used for color dying, and ethanol-based sanitizers, as well as raw materials for vests that made the task difficult for firefighters.

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