NLCIL Tamil Nadu fire incident: Criminal case registered against unknown person

South India

A criminal case has been registered against an unknown person in connection with the fire incident in Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL).


"We have registered a criminal case against an unknown person and the investigation is taken up by DSP level officer instead of inspector and they will probe if there was any criminal negligence on the part of anybody in the power plant," said Abhinav, Cuddalore Superintendent of Police (SP), quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Meanwhile, the Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) on Wednesday announced that a high-level enquiry headed by a retired National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Director has been ordered into the fire incident..

As per the report, an internal enquiry committee with senior executives headed by NLCIL Director has also been constituted.

The Unit Head of Thermal Power Station-II where the fire broke out has also been suspended pending an inquiry. All four units of 210 MW each of TPS-II Stage-II have been shut down for safety audit.

On Wednesday, at around 9.45 am, in unit-five of Thermal Power Station-II, while it was under shut down and maintenance, a fire broke out in the boiler are subsequent to an explosion.

As a result, Six people were killed and 17 injured. All the 17 injured were immediately rushed to NLCIL Hospital and 16 of them were then sent to Appollo Hospital in Chennai for further higher speciality treatment.

The blast occurred in the fifth unit of the second station as workers were resuming work that morning.

The boiler is 84-metre high and when the accident occurred, the workers and technicians were at a height of about 32 meters.

This is the second boiler explosion to take place at the plant in two months.On May 7, two workers were killed and eight injured in a similar incident.


With inputs from Agency

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