Seven workers were hospitalised on in Chhattisgarh's Raigadh district on Thursday after being exposed to poisonous gas while cleaning a paper mill. Of the seven, three were said to be in severe condition and were being moved to Raipur, the State capital.
District officer SP Santosh Singh said they were not informed about the occurrence until the hospital authorities told the local police that seven workers had been exposed to some poison gas and had been admitted to the hospital.
The incident took place at the Shakti Paper Mill in the village of Tetla on Wednesday night as workers were cleaning up the mill.
The mill had remained closed since the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed and the cleaning work had been underway to resume operation.
As the workers fell ill, the others present rescued them and rushed to a local hospital where the condition of three of them was found to be serious. Later, the three critical patients were moved to a state capital hospital.
This is the second gas poisoning incident to occur today.
A team of forensic experts was dispatched to the spot to investigate the exact cause of the incident, Singh said, adding that a case will soon be registered.
Earlier in the day, styrene gas leaked out of LG Polymers factory in Visakhapatnam's RR Venkatapuram village claiming 11 lives. According to the NDMA, nearly 1,000 people were exposed to the gas, and styrene leaked from the factory.
The Thursday incident evoked memories of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy when a gas leak killed thousands at a Union Carbide factory.