Nine killed in gas ex­plo­sion at steel plant

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AT LEAST nine peo­ple were killed and sev­eral in­jured in an ex­plo­sion at a gas pipeline at the Bhi­lai Steel Plant in Ch­hat­tis­garh yes­ter­day.

Four­teen peo­ple were treated in hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion.

The dis­as­ter trig­gered anger among work­ers over al­leged poor safety ar­range­ments by man­age­ment at the plant. Trade unions had made re­peated re­quests for im­proved safety.

Pro­duc­tion at the plant was halted as hun­dreds of work­ers evac­u­ated the premises in panic af­ter the dis­as­ter, and re­fused to re­sume work.

Vi­jay Mairal, the spokesper­son for Bhi­lai Steel Plant, said the death toll could in­crease. – IANS

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