The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
of the Bilai Steel Plant was removed and two other senior officials were
suspended on Wednesday, a day after a blast at the plant which claimed the
lives of 11 employees.
This was stated by Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh after visiting the injured employees of the plant at the Jawahar Lal
Nehru Hospital in Bhilai town, located around 30 km from here.
On Tuesday, nine people had died and 14
others were injured in the gas pipeline blast at the plant of the
state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited
(SAIL) in Durg district.
Of the 14 injured people admitted to the burns
unit of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital in Bhilai, two succumbed Tuesday late
night, a public relations officer of the Bhilai Steel Plant earlier told.
CEO M Ravi has been removed with immediate
affect while General Manager (safety department) T Pandya Raja and Deputy
General Manager (energy department) Naveen Kumar have been suspended, Birender
Singh told reporters.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police (Durg
Range) G P Singh had 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.
Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnudeo Sai
had said Tuesday that a four-member high-level committee was constituted by
SAIL to probe the incident.
The explosion had taken place in the gas
pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant during a maintenance
job, the SAIL had said.