Scrap yard explosion: Death toll rises to six

 Akram Pasha (30) a resident of Pulikeshi Road was working at that scrap yard when the explosion occurred claiming the lives of four on the spot. Nayaz Pasha who was undergoing treatment breathed his last at K R Hospital, while Akram died at Mission Hospital around 2.30 am. Soon after the mishap, Akram had suffered a heart attack and was also being treated for it, when the end came, according to a doctor who was treating him.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal said that they have intensified their search for Zaheer Pasha the owner of that yard and his cousin Taukir.
Initially, it was said that Zaheer has been rushed to Nimhans in Bangalore for the head injuries suffered in the incident.

However, when checked at that hospital, it turned out to be false, as no such person by the name has been admitted. “Zaheer is deemed as absconding in the police record”, the police commissioner asserted.

Opinion sought
On filing a case against Vasu Agarbathies that had disposed off the expired perfume bottles to the scrap yard, the police commissioner said they are seeking legal opinions on both criminal and civil aspects. They are also waiting for the reports of Forensic and Fire Departments for further investigation.

Expired bottles of perfume, body spray, air freshener and others were being crushed at the scrap yard on Ummer Khayyam Road on December 25, that witnessed an explosion leading to fire.

Kidnappers from Mumbai?
Jayalakshmipuram police are close to solving the case of hotelier Rohan Gupta who survived a bid to kidnap him on December 25. The police commissioner said some good news is in the offing, hinting at cracking the case, that had become sensational with the gang of six opening several rounds of fire on that night.

The top cop claimed that it was an achievement on the part of the cops who could trace Rohan’s car and van belonging to kidnappers at the earliest. According to another source, they (kidnappers) are professionals from Mumbai who had been specially roped in by those who had deployed their services.

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