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Chhattisgarh: 6 dead, several injured gas pipeline blast at Bhilai steel plant


Bhilai, Oct 9: As many as six employees were killed and 15 others injured in a major blast at state-run Steel Authority of India Limited's Bhilai plant in Durg district of Chhattisgarh.

The blast took place in a pipeline near the coke oven section at the steel plant in the town of Bhilai.

Bhilai Steel

Police and a rescue team rushed to the spot after the blast was reported. The people who were injured were taken to a local hospital.

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"At least six people were burnt to death while 14 others received injuries and most of them were said to be in a serious condition," Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) GP Singh told news agency PTI.

The plant is operated by the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

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According to SAIL, the Bhilai Steel Plant is India's sole producer and supplier of world class rails for the Indian Railways, including 260 metre long rails, and a major producer of a large variety of wide and heavy steel plates and structural steel.

In November last year, 43 people died and many were injured in a blast at a National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited plant at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh.

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