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Tanker driver held for dumping hazardous chemical in drain

Press Trust of India  |  Indore (MP) 

A tanker was arrested Thursday for allegedly dumping a poisonous waste in a that caused a health scare in a residential area here last week, the police said.

About 1550 people had taken ill on October 3 after inhaling the noxious fumes released by the

of Police, West, told reporters the accused Prakash Bala (40) has been arrested on a tip off.

"Bala started dumping in a nullah in Bhagirathpura area. He fled soon after the chemical started emitting gas," he said.

The SP said the again unloaded the remaining waste in a nullah under station area.

"As per a preliminary report submitted to police by the State Board, the was of acidic nature which might have proved dangerous for the human life," the SP said.

He said Bala transported the stored in a warehouse in Nagda town of district, over 100 kms from Indore, for dumping.

Police have announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each for information on the owners of the tanker and the warehouse.

The residents of settlements adjoining the nullah in Bhagirathpura area had complained of burning sensation and itching in their eyes. Several people had complained of vomiting and watery eyes.

Around 1550 people were treated at special camps organised in Bhagirathpura area.

A case has been registered under section 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide) and other sections of the IPC.

Further investigation is underway.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 22:50 IST