Poisonous gas at Latur oil mill kills 9, police arrest 4

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Mumbai: Four persons were arrested on January 31 in connection with the mishap at an oil mill in Maharashtra’s Latur district after nine people were suffocated to death while cleaning a chemical tank.

State Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar visited the mishap site on January 30 night. He said the mill would be sealed and added that they were trying to find out if acase under IPC section 302 (murder) could be filed in the incident.

Four persons were arrested in connection with the incident, including Kirti Oil Mill’s owner Kirti Bhutada, Latur Police said.

Seven workers had died on Januayr 30 after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a tank at the mill in Latur. Two more bodies were recovered from the tank, a fire brigade official told PTI.

A few others climbed down into the tank to check on them but did not come out. They died after inhaling poisonous gas, the official said.

The mill’s director, Ashok Bhutada, said the cause of the mishap could only be ascertained after the probe.

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