Bhilai plant gas leak to be probed

Bhilai plant gas leak to be probed

A magisterial probe has been ordered into Thursday’s leakage of toxic gas at SAIL’s steel plant here that left six persons dead, even as four other employees, working in a different section, reported sick on Friday.

Four employees were admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and Research Centre on Friday, after they complained of suffocation, Inspector General of Police Pradeep Gupta said. They were not working in the same section where the mishap occurred on Thursday, he said, adding that exact cause of their sickness was not known yet.

Meanwhile, the authorities said that the number of casualties in Thursday’s mishap was unlikely to go up, with all those affected now out of danger.

“A magisterial inquiry headed by the Durg Additional District Magistrate has been ordered,” Durg Collector R Sangeetha said on Friday.

The leakage of carbon monoxide at the plant last evening affected 36 people. Five of them, including two deputy general managers, died during the treatment, while the body of Vikas Verma, a contract worker, was found after de-watering the pump house where the mishap occurred, the Collector said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday to inquire about the situation. Modi expressed condolences for the families of the deceased and issued instructions for proper treatment and assistance to be given to those who have taken ill.

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