Four people died and eight other labourers were in critical condition following a leak at the TDI (Toluene diisocyanate) gas plant of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer Chemical Ltd (GNFC) at Dahej in Bharuch, during the wee hours on Thursday. This is the second such incident at the plant as a similar leak in January 2014 affected over 21 labourers. The Bharuch District Administration’s Disaster Management team, along with GPCB and police, reached the spot and began probe after the Dahej police registered a complaint.
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Dahej police inspector Vipul Patel said, “We have started probe into the incident and the company has been shut down. All the employees and labourers had been evacuated. Other eight who were affected are still undergoing treatment at a private hospital, while the condition of two others is said to be critical. The GPCB, Factory inspector and Disaster teams have also reached and they have started probe.” He further added, “This is the second such incident in the same plant as earlier in January 2014, a phosgene gas leakage incident had affected 21 labourers. But no casualties were reported.”
Congress leader Ahmed Patel demanded the government to constitute an inquiry and provide assistance to the victims. “Saddened by loss of lives due to gas-leak in GNFC Bharuch. Govt must constitute inquiry & provide assistance to victims,” said Ahmed Patel.
Several labourers were working at the TDI plant Wednesday night when a faulty gasket lead to the phosgene gas leak. As a result, those working near the gasket developed breathing problems. The plant was shutdown after a few company officials reached the spot. Over 10 labourers and three company employees were affected due to the phosgene gas leak and were shifted to a private hospital in Bharuch, where three of the labourers were declared dead on arrival. The condition of others was said to be still critical. The deceased were identified as Khurshid Shafi, Mohammed Tayyab Ansari, Mohammed Jainuddin, Vasim Ahmed — all residents of Dahej.