Efforts to cut lead container led to radiation: Chavan

Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 13:34

New Delhi: Efforts to cut a lead container which was carrying a radioactive substance led to radiation in a west Delhi industrial area and left five persons injured, Union Science and Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan said Friday.

Panic was triggered in Mayapuri last night after the news of a radiation leak spread with five persons falling ill after coming in contact with a "mysterious shining object" in a scrap shop owned by one Deepak Jain.

"The scrap dealer and his workers tried to break open a lead container to sell it off as scrap. This led to radiation," Chavan said.

Radioactive material is normally packed in lead containers as it resists radiation.

Experts have identified the material which led to a "very powerful" radiation as Cobalt-60, the exposure to which left five persons injured including one seriously.
Scientists from the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Narora Atomic Power Station scanned Mayapuri Industrial area this morning to examine whether there was any
other source of a similar emission in the vicinity.
Chavan said the government is planning to device some mechanism to ensure that scrap dealers report to authorities about detection of radioactive material among scrap.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 13:34

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