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Balasore cracker unit explosion death toll rises to 10

Cuttack, Oct 19: Three more victims of the Bahabalpur, Balasore, cracker unit explosion succumbed to their injuries at the SCB hospital in Cuttack while undergoing treatment today.

The deceased were identified as Ramapada Maiti, Nimainlal Pradhan and six-year-old Nadini Pradhan of Bahabalpur village.

Yesterday, seven persons, including a minor, died on the spot.

On the other hand, five injured in the explosion are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The thatched house of Golak Pradhan where crackers were being made caught fire after the explosion. Pradhan, his son and five others including two minors died on the spot.

Balasore Collector Pramod Das said, 'From preliminary investigation it seems like all the six, including a child, whose dead bodies were recovered from the spot were killed after an accidental explosion while making crackers. The fire engulfed every one present inside the thatched house,'

Following the incident, CM Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. Moreover, an assistance of Rs 50,000 and free medical treatment was announced for the injured.

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