Number Of Dead Rises To 11 In Bhilai Steel Plant Blast


Two employees, who were critically injured in an explosion at the Bhilai Steel Plantin Chhattisgarh, died at a hospital, taking the number of dead in the blast to 11, an official said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, nine people had died and 14 others were injured in the gas pipeline blast at the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) plant in Durg district, located around 30 km away from Raipur. 

Of the 14 injured people admitted to the burns unit of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital in Bhilai, two died Tuesday late night, a public relations officer of the Bhilai Steel Plant told PTI.

“The two had received over 80 per cent burns,” he said, adding that a few other injured people were also in a critical condition.

The explosion had taken place in the gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant during a maintenance job, the SAIL had said. Of the nine people who died on Tuesday, six worked in the plant’s energy management department, while three were employees of its fire brigade unit, the official said.

Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh are scheduled to visit the hospital in Bhilai to meet the injured people, an official said.

Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) G P Singh had said earlier that after receiving the postmortem report of the deceased, a case under the Indian Penal Code Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) will be registered followed by an inquiry into the incident.

Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnudeo Sai had said Tuesday that a four-member high-level committee was constituted by SAIL to probe the incident.

Adequate compensation will be given to families of the deceased, Mr Sai had said, adding that the injured were being provided the best possible medical treatment.

In June 2014, six people including two deputy general managers, were killed and many others affected when a poisonous gas leaked in the plant, he said.

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