Vizag steel plant blast toll rises to 12

Last Updated: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 16:50

Visakhapatnam: With a senior officer succumbing to injuries, the death toll in Wednesday`s explosion at the state-owned plant of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) here rose to 12 today.

K Srinivas, Senior Manager of SMS Department, passed away this morning at the hospital, company sources said.

The explosion had occurred at the `oxygen control unit` near the Steel Melting Shop-II at the plant on Wednesday night.

Some senior members of the managerial staff, alongwith workers, were among the victims.The deceased include Deputy General Manager (Construction) L Srihari and Deputy General Manager (instrumentation) P V Karunakar.

General Manager (Projects) D S Kalsi and Assistant General Manager (SMS) M B R S Sarma, who were critically injured, have been shifted to Mumbai. A total of seven people are still undergoing treatment.
Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma had yesterday ordered an high-level inquiry into the mishap.

PTI



First Published: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 16:50

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