NEW DELHI – Dozens of residents of a central Indian town have shouted slogans to protest a failure by police to arrest a contractor blamed for a massive explosion at a restaurant that killed 90 people.
A cooking gas cylinder exploded Saturday morning, triggering a second blast of mine detonators stored next to the restaurant, located in the town of Petlawad in Madhya Pradesh state.
Police officer Kamlesh Bamaniya said the roughly 50 residents who protested Sunday were angry that Petlawad police had failed to arrest Rajendra Kashawa, who was accused of illegally storing the detonators.
Bamaniya said Saturday that Kashawa had died in the explosions. But on Sunday, he said police had information that he was absconding. He said police filed a criminal case against Kashawa and are looking for him.