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Two dead, two injured in fire at IOC's Panipat Naphtha Cracker complex
New Delhi, January 23, 2018
Two persons died and two others suffered injuries in a fire that broke out inside the catalyst building (pumping area) of the Polyethylene Swing Unit of the Panipat Naphtha Cracker complex of the Indian Oil Corporation yesterday, IOC sources said.
An IOC press release said the fire, which broke out at about 1230 hours yesterday, was brought under control quickly by the fire and safety crew and personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and emergency services.
The release one of a contractor's workers, Mohan Lal, resident of Baljattan village, lost his life at the site of the accident.
Three Indian Oil employees, who had suffered injuries were shifted to a hospital in Panipat and later to Apollo Hospital in Delhi, where one of them, Bhhanojee Seepana, succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, a committee of senior officials is investigating the cause of the fire. As a precautionary measure, the swing unit is temporarily under shutdown. All other units are under normal operations at Panipat Naphtha Cracker and Panipat Refinery to ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum and petrochemical products, the release added.
"IndianOil is committed to taking care of all its stakeholders and the present focus is on providing the best possible assistance to those affected and supporting their families. An ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh has been sanctioned to the bereaved family of Mohan Lal by IndianOil. Additionally, Rs. 5 lakh will be given to his family by the contractor, Prakash Construction. Compensation to the family of Bhhanojee Seepana is being extended under the extant rules of the Corporation," the release added.
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