Visakhapatnam gas leak case: Judicial remand of 12 accused extended till August 5

South India

The judicial remand of 12 accused, including the CEO and two directors of LG Polymers, has been extended till August 5 in connection with the Visakhapatnam gas leak case.


Two months after the gas leak mishap at LG Polymers factory in Visakhapatnam, 12 persons were arrested in connection with the incident on July 8 and were sent to remand till July 22. 

Their remand was extended after Visakhapatnam police on Wednesday approached the magistrate for the same. The police had produced the 12 accused through video conferencing in front of the magistrate.

The gas leak incident took place on May 7 this year and cases were filed against the LG Polymers management.

After 2 months, the High Power Committee headed by Neerabh Kumar Prasad, special CS (EFS&T) has submitted its report to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on July 6.

In the investigation, the High Power Committee found that negligence on the part of the management led to the disaster that killed 12 people. The probe revealed that the warning system in the factory did not function when the mishap occurred leading to the fatalities.

The HPC investigation report said that it has mentioned at 36 places about how the alarm system did not function and the siren did not go off, stressing on the lapse of preventive mechanism. It further aid that the incident qualifies to be a 'major accident' under the definition of Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules (MSIHC), 1989 Act.


With inputs from Agency

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