Surat : Aether Industries fire tragedy marred by investigation delays
Six days after the catastrophic event, the Sachin GIDC police have yet to file a First Information Report (FIR) as they await crucial reports, notably from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). The delay hinges on the FSL's prerequisite for a structural stability report from Aether Industries before they can conduct an on-site investigation into the blast that originated in a chemical storage tank.
Surat : The aftermath of the devastating fire at Aether Industries Limited has left a trail of unanswered questions and mounting concerns as investigating agencies in Surat navigate a complex web of delays and challenges in piecing together the tragic incident that claimed eight lives—seven workers were charred to death, while a worker in the adjoining factory succumbed to serious injuries on Saturday– and left ten others battling for survival.
Six days after the catastrophic event, the Sachin GIDC police have yet to file a First Information Report (FIR) as they await crucial reports, notably from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). The delay hinges on the FSL’s prerequisite for a structural stability report from Aether Industries before they can conduct an on-site investigation into the blast that originated in a chemical storage tank.
Authorities have cited the risky nature of entering the blast site within Aether Industries, highlighting the imperative need to ensure the building’s structural stability before permitting the FSL team to collect samples crucial for the investigation. This procedural hurdle has led to a deadlock, with the Sachin GIDC police deferring the filing of an FIR until the FSL receives the required documentation.
Amidst these delays, murmurs of potential deliberate postponement by the police to file an FIR against Aether Industries have surfaced, stirring public skepticism and outcry over the pace and transparency of the investigation.
Questions have also been raised regarding the Aether Industries management’s response to the medical needs of the injured victims. Chirantan Kumar, a worker critically injured in the fire, sustained 60% burns and, as revealed, has received a nominal sum of Rs 10,000 for medical expenses. Kumar, hailing from Bihar and being the sole brother among four siblings, faces an arduous road to recovery without adequate financial support.
The situation has amplified concerns about the responsibilities of Aether Industries towards its workforce and the efficacy of the ongoing investigation, amplifying calls for swift and comprehensive action to address both the immediate medical needs of the victims and the expeditious pursuit of justice.
As the investigation grapples with procedural hurdles and mounting public scrutiny, the plight of the victims remains at the forefront, underscoring the urgent need for accountability and support in the wake of this tragic incident at Aether Industries Limited.