Gandhinagar | Jagran News Desk: At least four people were killed in an alleged gas leak at the Chiripal Group of Companies in Gujarat's Dholka, reported news agency ANI.

Acccording to intial reports, the alleged gas leak occured at the Chiripal Group of Companies near the Simiz-Dholi villages of the Dholka tehsil in Gujarat.

"Four labourers were cleaning a chemical waste tank. They died after inhaling poisonous gas released from the chemical waste. The process to register the FIR is underway," ANI quoted Deputy Superintendent of Police Nitesh Pandey as saying.

Earlier in the day, a similar incident happened in Gujarat's Ahmedabad in which four people lost their lives. According to a report by news agency PTI, four people -- who worked at a textile factory in Ahmedabad -- died after inhaling a poisonous gas while cleaning a chemical effluent tank at the factory.

The police said that the incident took place on the premises of Vishal Fabrics, a unit of Chiripal Group, in Koth area of Dholka town while adding that an investigation is underway. "Four workers died after inhaling poisonous gas inside the chemical waste tank when they entered to clean it," PTI quoted Deputy Superintendent of Police Nitesh Pandey as saying.

There have several incidents of gas leak across the country over the past two months. In May this year, a gas leak was reported in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam after which several people were hospitalised. 

The leak was noticed by company staff who were reportedly inspecting machines to restart the factory and raised an alarm. Hours after the styrene gas leak around 2.30 am on May 7 from the plant at the village, scores of people could be seen lying unconscious on sidewalks, near ditches and on the road, raising fears of a major industrial disaster.

Following this, the Centre had urged all public and private chemical makers to exercise caution and care while reopening their plants. "LG Polymers does not come under direct control of our ministry. However, we have asked all public and private chemicals manufacturers to exercise caution and care while reopening their plants," Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had said earlier.

(With agencies inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma