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West Bengal: Malda Factory Blast Kills Five

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Malda: At least five persons were killed and five others critically injured at a blast in a plastic factory in West Bengal’s Malda district on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Sujapur area around 11.30 am, a senior police officer said.

“Four factory workers were killed on the spot and one was brought dead to the hospital. Five others have been critically injured in the explosion that ripped the establishment apart,” he said.

Preliminary investigation has found that a technical fault in a heavy machine inside the factory caused the high- intensity blast, Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said.

“The explosion happened during plastic manufacturing. We are probing all the angles and a forensic team will visit the spot,” he said.

A huge police contingent had been posted at the spot to keep the situation under control, the officer said.

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