The city government is gathering details about the “radiation leak” in a west Delhi industrial area and will decide about future course of action based on the findings,a top official said today.
“We are gathering details about the incident. It is a serious one concerning public health. Based on the findings we will take appropriate action,” the official said.
Five persons were injured including one seriously when they came in contact with a radio active substance in Mayapuri area of West Delhi.
Union Science and Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan said efforts to cut a lead container which was carrying a radioactive substance led to radiation.
Meanwhile,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,when asked about the incident,tried to pass the buck on the MCD,saying “it is the responsibility of the civic agency to keep the city clean.”
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.
Experts have identified the material as Cobalt-60. Scientists from the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Narora Atomic Power Station also scanned Mayapuri Industrial area this morning to examine whether there was any other source of a similar emission in the vicinity.