Chlorine leak: Police seek details from MPT authorities
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 22:19
Mumbai: The city police probing the chlorine gas leak at Mumbai Port Trust have sought "complete details" pertaining to the cylinders from the MPT authorities.

"We have written a letter to MPT authorities seeking various details like, since when the cylinders were stored, who imported them, why they were lying uncleared. We will get complete details soon," an official at Sewree Police Station said on condition of anonymity.

However, the official said they were yet to question anyone in this connection or record anyone's statement.

"It is just 24 hours since the incident happened. Now our priority is to bring everything under control. The process to dispose of the four cylinders containing gas is going on," the official said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Khalid Kaisar yesterday said the Port Trust had been guarding the cylinders and as of now the police were not holding it responsible for the incident.

Over 100 people had fallen sick yesterday when they inhaled chlorine gas which leaked from one of the imported cylinders lying in the MPT's Hay Bandar premises.

An FIR in the case was yesterday registered against unidentified persons under IPC sections 284 (negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

The unidentified accused were also charged with Environment Act, police said.

Sixty-five people of the total 120, who were admitted to various hospitals after inhaling the gas, have been discharged so far, civic body officials said.

According to an official press release, 136 cylinders had been lying on MPT premises for last several years.

Besides one gas cylinder that leaked, four other cylinders contained gas, police officials said.


First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 22:19

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