Sixteen hostellers, most of them techies, injured

A powerful explosion of two gas cylinders in a working women's hostel at Indiranagar in Gachibowli on Sunday morning claimed two lives, including of a software engineer and a security guard. Sixteen other hostellers, most of them software engineers, were injured triggering panic in the locality.

Software engineers working in different IT firms at Madhapur and its surroundings along with other working women were staying in the hostel located in a three-storeyed building. In the morning, hostel caretaker Anupamma noticed gas leaking from one of the two cylinders in the kitchen on first floor.

Immediately, she alerted security guard Ramesh to check the cylinder and he along with Anupamma's relative Damayanthi came to the kitchen and was examining the cylinder when the explosion occurred.

Huge impact

The impact of the blast was such that the security guard's body was flung in the air and fell in the compound wall of GPRA quarters in the vicinity. Software engineer Renuka (24), who was sleeping in a room adjacent to the kitchen, sustained serious burn injuries and died while undergoing treatment at the Osmania General Hospital. Anupamma and Damayanthi escaped with injuries.

The hostel building was also damaged with walls on the first floor left shattered. Some houses in the area too developed cracks.

Raidurgam Inspector M. Ravichandan Reddy said Anupamma, Damayanthi and Ramesh were checking gas cylinder's regulator and in the confusion, one of them could have switched on the light leading to explosion of gas cylinders.

“We suspect that gas must have been leaking since morning and spread to all rooms on the first floor,” he explained.

A woman, Bhushamma, also suffered injuries when debris from the first floor of the hostel fell on her hut.

All the injured were admitted to various private hospitals at Jubilee Hills, Madhapur, Kanchanbagh and Ameerpet.

In serious condition

The condition of four women -- Adi Laxmi, Anupamma, Damayanthi and Madhavi alias Madhuri was serious, police said.