In an unfortunate incident, two people lost their lives late on Thursday night in an explosion that took place in Safipur village of Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, reported PTI. The news was confirmed by the local police which revealed that a mentha (mint) boiling tank burst and two young girls lost their lives. These girls were identified as Dimple Verma and Laadli who were 13 and 10-year-old respectively. The incident took place when both the girls came within the range of the exploding mentha tank, police said. The police spokesperson told the agency that the damaged parts of the tank were thrown almost 30 feets away leading to the severe burns to the girls.
The police spokesperson further said that the girls were immediately taken to a private hospital in Lucknow but later passed away. “Severe burn injuries were sustained by both the girls. Immediately, they were rushed to a private hospital in Lucknow where they succumbed to injuries,” he added. India has been one of the leading producer of mentha oil in the world with around 14000 metric tonnes production in 2003. The consumption pattern of mentha in India has made it an important crop.
Mentha oil is extremely useful in a wide variety of industries namely food industry, the pharmaceutical industry and also in perfumery and flavouring industries.
Meanwhile, in another unfortunate event in UP recently, an accident took place this Monday, killing at least 24 people while 14 others were injured when a passenger bus collided with a truck and caught fire on National Highway 24 in Bareilly. The bus was carrying 41 passengers from Delhi and was on its way to Gonda. With deep condolence, the kin of those killed was sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each by the Prime Minister. An announcement was also made for the injured that they will be sanctioned Rs 50,000 too, reported Zee News. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced a financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who got minor injuries.