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Jan 04, 2012 at 01:10pm IST

Tarapur gas leak: Two company officials booked

Thane, Maharashtra: Police have booked three officials of a chemical firm in connection with leakage of poisonous gas at the company's plant in Tarapur Industrial Estate in Thane district, which resulted in the death of four

workers.

on Tuesday night, hydrogen sulphide leaked from a processing pipeline in the compound of Sequent Scientific Ltd. Officials from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board rushed to the spot and managed to contain the leak.

Tarapur gas leak: Two company officials booked

The supervisor and manager of the company have been booked for failing to inform the fire services on time.

Work went on through the night and officials say the area has now been sanitised. Operations at the factory have been stopped till a complete inspection is done by the authorities.

Thane district police said they have booked chief manager and plant supervisor of Sequential Scientific Limited for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance as well as machinery.

Four workers were killed, while three others were admitted to a hospital in a critical state following the leakage of hydrogen sulphide gas at the plant belonging to the company at around 7.30 PM on Tuesday.

The workers who were killed in the incident were identified as Naresh Varma, Dinesh Singh, Shivkant Tiwari and Prajapati, who was a supervisor at the plant. Three others, admitted to a local hospital, are now out of danger, police

said.

Officials of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the Department of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) are also conducting independent enquiries into the incident.

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