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GNFC Dahej unit gas leak kills 4, injures 13; shares fall 17%

Vadodara: Four workers were killed and 13 sustained injuries in a gas leakage at the TDI unit of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) in Dahej in neighbouring Bharuch district, police said on Thursday.

Four workers were killed and as many as 13 others were injured due to leakage of phosgene gas at the TDI unit on Wednesday night, Bharuch Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Singh told PTI.

TDI is toluene diisocyanate, a hazardous organic chemical. Products based on TDI are used in make of automobile seating, furniture foam, mattresses etc.

Prima facie, it looks the mishap took place due to mechanical failure, he said. The 13 injured were admitted to a hospital in the district, out of which two have been referred to the government  hospital in Baroda. Three workers were discharged, Singh said.

A team of Forensic Science Laboratory will visit the site later in the day, he added.

Meanwhile, district Collector Sandeep Kumar Sagale said, "We have asked Director of Industrial Safety and Health to investigate the mishap. The management of GNFC has also appointed a technical committee to probe the matter."

The Bombay Stock Exchange has sought clarification from the company but it is yet to reply.

According to a report in The Indian Express, this is the second such incident at the plant.

“This is the second such incident in the same plant as earlier in January 2014, a phosgene gas leakage incident had affected 21 labourers. But no casualties were reported,” Dahej police inspector Vipul Patel has been quoted as saying in the report.

The shares of the were down 17.43 percent on the BSE after the news of gas leak.

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Published Date: Nov 03, 2016 03:29 AM | Updated Date: Nov 03, 2016 15:48 PM

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