Bhubaneshwar | Jagran News Desk: In a shocking incident, at least four people died while six others are in severe condition after a toxic gas was leaked from a unit at the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) of the state-run SAIL in Odisha, news agency ANI reported. The incident took place at the Coal Chemical Department of the RSP in the morning when a total of 10 workers were on duty.

The four were contractual workers engaged by a private company, they said. "According to a preliminary report, the four workers died due to emission of carbon monoxide gas from the unit," the officials said as quoted by news agency PTI. The deceased were identified as Ganesh Chandra Paila (55), Rabindra Sahu (59), Abhimanyu Sah (33) and Bramhananda Panda (51).

They were admitted to the ICU of the Ispat General Hospital (IGH) where they died and a few others are being treated in the RSP dispensary. The RSP authorities have ordered a high-level probe into the mishap, they said. 

Confirming the deaths, President of the Rourkela Ispat Karkhana Karmachari Sangh (RIKKS) Himanshu Sekhar Bal demanded adequate compensation to the families of the deceased. Meanwhile, a high-level committee has been formed to inquire into the cause of the mishap. The plant is functioning normally. 

"The workers felt unwell at around 9 a.m. on 06.01.2021 and were immediately rushed to the ICU of Ispat General Hospital (IGH) at Rourkela for treatment. A high-level committee has been formed to inquire into the cause of the incident and all emergency protocols have been immediately activated in the plant", the company said in a statement.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan