The death toll has increased to 9 with 14 others injured in the explosion at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh. All the injured people have been sent to the Jawaharlal Nehru Sector 9 hospital.
The incident took place in the morning at around 11 am when more than 20 labourers were working on a gas pipeline which exploded and a huge blast took over the lives of 9 people.
The four other injured have received more than 80% burns and are in the critical conditions.
As per the sources, there was no time left to escape from the accident site which was under the scheduled maintenance carried out at the Coke Oven Battery Complex No 11.
Earlier, a statement was released by the Inspector General of Police G P Singh who said that “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”.
Bhilai Steel plant is operated under Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and is known as the only producer of the rails for the Indian Railways and the modern updated version of it was dedicated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June this year.
A similar incident occurred last year on November when at least 43 people were killed after a blast at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Uttar Pradesh.