Bhadohi: At least 11 people died after an explosion rocked a two-storey building in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district on Saturday. According to police, the building was actually a carpet factory where fire-crackers were being made illegally. The blast left six people injured as well and also led to the collapse of three adjacent houses, said officials. Some people are suspected to be trapped under the debris.

Forensic and bomb disposal teams collected evidence from the accident site. Bhadohi Superintendent of Police (SP) said prima facie, the Station House Officer (SHO) and Police Station in-charge were found responsible for negligence in the incident and they have been suspended with immediate effect.

The explosion took place at a shop in Rohta Bazaar. The shop’s owner, Kaliyar Mansoori, is among the people who have been killed. Mansoori’s son was running a carpet factory behind the shop. District Magistrate Rajendra Prasad feared that workers of the carpet factory are likely to be trapped in the rubble.

As per locals, Mansoori was also in the business of making illegal firecrackers.

Three other deceased have been identified as Irfan Mansoori, Abid Mansoori and Chandu. The injured have been admitted to hospital, the district magistrate said.

Teams of forensic experts, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and senior district officials have also reached the accident site.