There was panic at the Vadodara railway station after a parcel containing 2-Furoyl Chloride started leaking on Saturday morning,with people complaining of foul smell and irritation in the eye.
Around 4 am,some passengers waiting at platform number 3 raised an alarm after which RPF personnel realised the smell was coming from a parcel. It was only around 9 am that officials from the Forensic Science Laboratory arrived with firemen and identified the chemical compound and the sender of the consignment.
Passengers first started getting a foul smell and in some time,they started complaining of irritation in the eye. There was some panic but soon,RPF personnel located the leaking parcel lying on the platform. They moved it from platform 3 to platform number 1,near the Railway Mail Services office, said a railway official present at the site.
Meanwhile,confusion prevailed among the GRP and RPF personnel about jurisdiction. The situation was salvaged only around 9 am when FSL officials arrived,the railway official said.
According to GRP,the consignment belonged to Ankleshwar-based Shri Ganesh Remedies company and was to be delivered to a recipient in Jhansi.
We checked the chemical kept in a 500-ml glass bottle. It was identified as 2-Furoyl Chloride,which was 46 per cent concentrated. It is generally used in fertilisers and pesticides. We are analysing the chemical and will give a final report to GRP, said an FSL official.
GRP said once it gets the FSL report,it would probe as to how a hazardous chemical was sent in the RMS without any precautions marked on it.