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High Intensity Explosion Leaves Trail Of Destruction at a petrol pump near Raj Bhavan square

Bhubaneswar:7/10/20: The explosion at a petrol pump near Raj Bhavan square in the capital city of Odisha on Wednesday afternoon not injured many but also left a trail of destruction in the vicinity as far as a few hundreds of feet away.

Local residents narrated their horrific experience of how a deafening sound followed by a fire-spitting high into the sky from the filling station damaged several houses, vehicles and also injured many.“We hardly got any time to think what it was. We rushed out of the house only to see shattered glass panes, ripped-off roofs and cracked walls,” said a local woman.“I thought that it was probably a jolt of lightning, but after I came out to the street, I witnessed scenes of destruction,” a local youth, who resides just a few blocks of the site of the blast, said. As per eyewitnesses account, the blast left a gory scene with mutilated body parts including limbs, hand, ear, and fingers found strewn around the spot following the blast.

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Special secretary of the Home Department, Santosh Bala’s residence was one of the buildings which suffered extensive damage in the incident. A forensic team was roped in to begin a probe into the incident. The blast was so severe that a mechanical electric motor used in the petrol pump and weighing around 20 kgs was found lying a few hundred feet away from the site of the blast.

 Nearby offices of the LIC and Union Bank also suffered damages. As per official sources, as many as 9 persons suffered injuries at the explosion site. All of them were rushed to Capital Hospital while two of them were shifted to Cuttack SCB Hospital due to their critical condition.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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