The death toll in Maharashtra’s Dombivli chemical factory blast has spiked to 12 with the recovery of more bodies from the debris on Saturday.  Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the matter while state industry minister Subhash Desai ordered a week-long shutdown of all chemical factories in and around the city for a safety audit.

An official of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said the toll till Friday was 11, they have reports that civilians found a body at the site on Saturday. The official added six bodies were recovered day before Friday and four found on Friday, also, an injured died in hospital, taking the toll to 11.

In the case, Maharashtra Police have registered a case against the factory owners under IPC sections 304-A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which attracts up to 10 years jail term and a fine, 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

The incident took place on Thursday in Dombivli when a deafening blast occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivli (East). The impact of the blast followed by a massive fire that resulted in heavy damage to two adjacent factories in the MIDC complex. The blast impact saw damage to more than 600 houses, offices, shops in the two km of the area.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the site on Thursday, has ordered a probe into the tragedy. Industry Minister Subhash Desai ordered a week-long shutdown of all chemical factories in and around the city to facilitate a thorough safety and security audit.

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