Five people were seriously injured in a blast at Super Mall on Infocity campus in Gandhinagar at around 1.15 pm on Saturday. The blast on the third floor of the mall allegedly occurred due to excessive pressure in the air conditioning plant. The doors as well as glasses of all the offices on the floor were damaged in the incident.
The five sustained injuries when the Plaster of Paris structure on the ceiling of the office fell on them. They also got burn injuries due to steam in the air. The broken glass that was flung in the air added to the injuries.
Till late in the evening, neither police nor officials of the forensic science laboratory could figure out the exact reason for the blast. They believe that it might have happened due to excessive pressure in the air conditioning plant.
Talking to DNA, a police official said that air pressure was generated from the roof of the building. Primarily, it is believed that it could have happened in the air conditioning plant. However, the police are still investigating the matter.
Eye witnesses, while talking to DNA, said that the intensity of the blast was such that it not only broke the glasses but also the frames of the windows. A local shop keeper, Jayesh Patel, said that the glass pieces were flung to the next building as well, breaking its glasses.
Police sources said that the five injured were identified as Bhavin Shukla, Chirag Modi, Mansup Meer, Masri Odedara and Marul Jagia. All of them are currently undergoing treatment at Sterling Hospital. Dr Mayur Trivedi said that of all the victims, Odedara appeared most seriously injured with 60% burns, while others had minor burn injuries.
The blast triggered panic among people in the surrounding area over a possible terror attack. However, the panic was laid to rest by the police who then sent the injured to the hospital.