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Bhilai Steel Plant blast: CEO removed, 2 other suspended

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

The (CEO) of the Steel Plant was removed and two other senior officials were suspended Wednesday, a day after a blast at the plant which claimed the lives of 12 employees.

announced the action against the officials after visiting the injured employees of the plant at the in town, located around 30 km from here in

M Ravi was removed with immediate affect while (safety department) T Pandya Raja and Deputy (department) Naveen Kumar were suspended, Birender Singh told reporters.

Nine people were killed instantly and 14 others were injured in the blast at around 10.30 am Tuesday at the plant of the state-owned Limited (SAIL) in district.

Two of the injured succumbed Tuesday late night while one more died Wednesday afternoon, taking the death toll to 12, Superintendent of Police told

Now, 11 injured are undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.

The said two committees will conduct probe into the incident.

One internal committee of the Limited (SAIL) has already been constituted to probe the incident on Tuesday, which has been asked to submit its report within seven days, he said.

Another committee will be formed by the which will have experts from all over the country to ascertain that how the incident occurred and who were responsible for it, he said.

The said the family of the deceased employees will get an ex-gratia of Rs 30 lakh each while the seriously injured employees will get Rs 15 lakh each.

A special permission was taken from the Election Commission for announcing the relief as the Model Code of Conduct is in place in the poll-bound Chhattisgarh, he said.

The ex-gratia given in case of death of employees has been increased from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh while for the seriously injured employees it has been hiked from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, Singh said.

Besides, the employees who have sustained minor injuries will get Rs 2 lakh each, he added.

The families of the deceased will get a cumulative amount under various heads from Rs 33 lakh to Rs 95 lakh, he said.

The families of the deceased can avail salary up to the retirement of the respective employee or a member can get compensatory appointment, the minister said.

The officials have been directed to provide the amount to the affected families as soon as possible, he added.

Earlier, of Police (Range) G P Singh said that after receiving the postmortem report of the deceased, a case under the Indian Penal Code Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) will be registered followed by an inquiry into the incident.

The explosion took place in the connected to the coke oven section of the plant during a maintenance job, the SAIL had said.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 19:45 IST