Vizag gas leak tragedy: 12 arrested, 3 government officials suspended

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Two months after the gas leak mishap at LG Polymers factory in Visakhapatnam, 12 persons were arrested in connection with the incident on Tuesday.

 

Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner RK Meena said that 12 persons, who are found responsible prima facie are arrested in the incident which took place in May this year.

According to the report, LG Polymers CEO and MD Sunkey Jeong, Technical Director DS Kim, Additional Director (Operations) P Poorna Chandra Mohan Rao and 9 others were arrested.

Meanwhile, three government officials have also been suspended. KBS Prasad, deputy chief inspector of factories, R Lakshmi Narayana, Environmental Engineer, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (AP PCB) Zonal Office, Visakhapatnam, and P Prasada Rao, Environmental Engineer, AP PCB Regional Office, Visakhapatnam were suspended.

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 Monday.

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

Image credit: The Indian Express

 

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