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Tughlaqabad: Over 487 students, teachers in Delhi hospitalized after gas-leak

07 May 2017 | Written by Gaurav Jeyaraman; Edited by Gogona Saikia

487 people, including school students, teachers and residents of Tughlaqabad were hospitalized after a container of 2-Chloro-5-chloromethylpyridine leaked from a nearby depot. NDRF authorities managed to contain the leak.

Police said they have registered a case against unknown people, and dispatched a team to track down the container truck.

Several workers at the depot also fell ill because of the leaking fumes.

In context: Delhi's gas leak incident

07 May 2017Tughlaqabad: Over 487 students, teachers in Delhi hospitalized after gas-leak

EmergencyOver 50 students still in hospital

Police said along with 173 students, nine teachers had also been hospitalized.

About half were discharged after basic aid, but 59 students continue to remain under supervision; their condition is not said to be critical though.

Teams of the fire department, police, medical teams, and a Centralised Accident and Trauma Service unit reached the spot immediately after being alerted.

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PolicePolice assure action for negligence

DCP Romil Baniya said the chemicals, brought in from China for industrial use and stored in containers at the depot, released toxic fumes.

Delhi Police and the National Disaster Response Force are trying to identify the substance.

Baniya added legal action will be taken for the "negligence as a hazardous substance was not handled properly".

08 May 2017Delhi Police yet to fix liability in gas leak incident

The Delhi Police are yet to figure out accountability for the chemical leakage in Tughlaqabad, which caused over 450 people to be hospitalized.

Officials disclosed that the chemical chloromethylpydrine was being loaded into trucks for being taken to Crystal Crop Protection in Sonepat; this, according to them, caused the leakage.

The police are yet to affirm the same. Investigations are underway.