‘Probe on, to be seen if it was deliberate…’: Andhra minister on gas leak | Latest News India

Andhra Pradesh Minister Gudiwada Amarnath on Wednesday ordered a high-level probe into the suspected gas leak incident a day ago, in which 150 garment factory workers fell ill. The incident took place in the Special Economic Zone at Achyutapuram in Anakapalli district of Andhra Pradesh around 8.30 pm on Tuesday.

Amarnath was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “Samples have been sent to ICMR for further inquiry. It remains to be determined whether it was a random or deliberate act.

Although the exact cause of the leak was not immediately known, it is suspected to have emanated from a nearby veterinary drug laboratory. In April, seven people were killed in an explosion at the lab.

A police official, who did not want to be named earlier, said, “Many have been treated at the factory and another 50 women workers have been shifted to the NTR Government Hospital in Anakapalli in buses and cars.”

At the time of the spill, about 400 people were working at the factory. Symptoms experienced by workers included nausea and vomiting, while some fainted.

On June 3, a similar gas leak in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam led to the hospitalization of over 170 workers.

(with input from reporter)

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