Questions remain

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

In the last four months, seven people have died in Gujarat's Ankleshwar and Panoli industrial areas in three separate industrial accidents. Recently, on November 12, three girls--Kamliben Garwala (18), Kasmi (17), and Anu (7)--died of what seems like a gas leak in a closed chemical unit, called Narmada Chemicals in Ankleshwar's Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) estate.

The authorities have sought the services of the state health department to ascertain the cause of the accidents. While post mortem and forensic reports are awaited, the investigation agency has recorded statements of some people in the neighbourhood to know if they had been affected by the gas leak. However, police did not divulge details. "We are proceeding with the investigation. But it will take some time before we reach any conclusion," said Vijay Soma, investigative officer at Ankleshwar police station. The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials also refused to comment, saying that they would let the cause of death be established first.

-- Mahesh L

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