The Prime Minister offered his condolences to the family members of those who lost their lives in the accident.

Modi also spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and directed that the Centre coordinate with the state government’s relief operations at Bhilai Steel Plant and to ensure that all possible assistance is offered to those affected by the incident.

Six killed, over 30 injured

Six persons, including two Deputy General Managers, were killed and over 30 suffered injuries when poisonous gas leaked in Steel Authority of India's Bhilai Plant in Durg district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.

Gas leakage from blast furnace-GCP occurred at around 6.10 pm due to breakdown in a water pump, affecting people working nearby in the plant premises, a statement issued by SAIL said.

Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) Pradeep Gupta said six persons, including two DGMs, were killed and 30 others injured in the incident.

The injured included CISF personnel, workers and officials of the public sector plant, he said.

All the affected persons have been taken to Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Bhilai and the seriously ill have been admitted to ICU, Gupta said.

"We are deeply pained to learn that six employees have lost their lives," the statement issued by SAIL said.

"As per preliminary information, the main header of Pump House No 2 which supplies water to the Gas Cleaning Plants (GCP) of blast furnaces suddenly ruptured at around 6:10 PM. This resulted in sudden loss in water pressure to the GCPs and the blast furnace gas from the scrubbers entered the water pipeline affecting the people attending the breakdown in the pump house and in the nearby area," the SAIL statement said.



"Plant Management is providing all possible care and support and efforts are on for an early liquidation from the breakdown," it said.

A high-level inquiry would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the breakdown and the management will extend all the support to the gas-affected persons, the statement added.

The Chief Minister expressed grief over the incident and said best medical care will be provided to those affected in the incident.

(JPN/Agencies)

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