The DGP today shifted Thursday’s blast case, in which at least 18 staff of an explosives factory are feared to have died after a blast at their workplace in T Murungapatti, near Thuraiyur, in Tiruchi district, to the CBCID.
Already, Uppilliyapuram police have registered a case under Section 304 (ii) ( culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.
The Joint Chief of Explosives from Sivakasi landed at the blast site later to carry out investigation assisted by the police, a senior official said.
According to reports, the unit was given licence by the Chief Controller of Explosives at Nagpur.
The fire was noticed in one of the manufacturing wings of the factory and it soon spread to other areas. The noise triggered panic among people in the surrounding area and waves of the blast were felt even two km away from the site, forcing officials to stop traffic on Athur Road.
There were 15 mini-units in the factory which was manufacturing explosives for deepening and widening wells in the rocky belts.