Panic in Kotla Kazia village in Amritsar after miner dies in potash explosion: The Tribune India
Amritsar, April 18
Panic gripped the village of Kotla Kazia after a 12-year-old boy from the village was killed and two others were injured as potash, an explosive material, they were grinding here on Sunday night.
Dhir Singh, village sarpanch, said people were excited as a volleyball tournament took place on the grounds of the government elementary school. Twenty teams took part in the tournament.
People were excited as a volleyball tournament was held on the grounds of the government elementary school. Twenty teams took part. It was organized for a noble cause of getting young people off drugs. The whole village was in the ground and enjoying the game when the explosion left everyone confused and energized. — Dhir Singh, Sarpanch village
“It was organized for a noble cause of weaning young people from drugs. Several young people from the village, settled abroad, had encouraged and financed the holding of the tournament,” he said. The whole village was in the ground and enjoying the game when the explosion left everyone confused and energized.
Following the explosion, chaos and confusion reigned in the village as some people said it was a tire or cylinder explosion. All the locals ran here and there to find out what really happened. When we got near Skatar Singh’s house, people were taking the victims to the hospital. It was later discovered that children were grinding potash, which caused the explosion. A veil of darkness descended on the village.
The victims were grinding potash in the house of Mohit, who was later arrested by the police for culpable homicide not constituting murder, had just come out (of the house) to answer the call of the wild. The incident shocked him.
According to the police, the villagers said that Mohit had brought the prohibited explosive material. Rather than using original firecrackers, the use of potash for this purpose has raised many questions about their easy availability. The police were trying to find out where the potash came from and who supplied it to the children.
Mohit’s father, Sakatar Singh, was not present at the house. He was on duty when the incident occurred.