Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: A teenager suffered burns in an explosion at an illegal gas refilling centre in Annapurneshwari Nagar on Monday.

The Jnanabharati police said the explosion occurred when the injured youth, Sethu Rathod, who works at the centre, turned on an electrical switch to charge his mobile phone. “A gas cylinder was leaking and the spark from the electric switch ignited it,” a police official said.

The explosion blew the asbestos roof up several metres, triggering panic in the neighbourhood. “Neighbours were not aware that such an outfit was functioning nearby. It was a clandestine operation,” the police official said.

Fire and Emergency Services officials said two fire engines doused the blaze.

The injured youth was hospitalised.

A case has been taken up against Era Ram and building owner Ramesh.

Search on

The city police are continuing their search for real estate dealer B.M. Muniraju of Hennur, who was kidnapped from a bar in the city on December 22 night. Mr. Muniraju was taken away along with his driver, also named Muniraju, who was subsequently released in Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

The police have come to know that the abductors are moving around with Mr. Muniraju, who reportedly owes them Rs.16 lakh.

Suicide

A 26-year-old carpenter hanged himself at home in Nayandahalli in Chandra Layout police station limits on Monday. The police said he ended his life when Jyothi, his wife of four year, had gone out of the house.

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