Visakhapatnam: At least two people were killed and four others were hospitalised following a gas leak at a pharmaceutical unit in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakhapatnam in the wee hours of Tuesday, reported news agency ANI.
According to a report by ANI, benzimidazole gas leaked at the Sainor Life Sciences Pvt Ltd in Visakhapatnam’s Parawada Pharma city which led to the death of two people who were present at the spot. Initial reports suggest that 30 workers were present at the factory at the time of the incident.
The police, however, has asserted that the situation is ‘under control’ while adding that the “gas has not spread anywhere else”. It further said that the four people who were affected in the incident are undergoing treatment at the Gajuwaka private hospital.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken cognizance of the incident. “Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has enquired about the accident at Sainar Life Sciences Pharma company at Parawada, Visakhapatnam. Accident occurred due to leakage at 11.30 PM last night. Factory was shut down immediately as a precautionary measure,” said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in a statement, as reported by ANI.
The gas leak incident comes nearly two months after a similar incident took place at the LG Polymers chemical plant in Visakhapatnam’s R R Venkatpuram village which claimed the lives of 12 people, including two children, while thousands of people were affected.
The leak was noticed by company staff who were reportedly inspecting machines to restart the factory and raised an alarm. The deadly gas leak incident in Visakhapatnam was compared to horrific Bhopal gas tragedy incident which had claimed the lives of 3,500 in the city.
Following the gas leak incident, the Supreme Court had asked the LG Polymers India to approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to raise the issue regarding setting up of multiple committees to probe the incident.