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Poisonous gas kills 9 workers inside oil mill

The workers were cleaning a chemical tank of the oil mill

In a serious incident, nine workers died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a tank at a factory in Maharashtra’s Latur district.

The workers were cleaning a chemical tank of the oil mill at Latur industrial area, about 472 kilometres east of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra.

“Nine workers were killed inside an oil mill here."

“The incident occurred yesterday evening after which bodies of seven workers were taken out."

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“Early today two more bodies were recovered from the tank,’’ a police official posted in Latur said."

One worker, who was rescued in an unconscious state, was hospitalised at a nearest medical facility.

“He is undergoing treatment at here,’’ the official said.

Police registered a case and ordered a probe into the mishap.

Witnesses told media they came to know about the incident when the workers did not came out for long and fellow workers who went to check on them too got stuck.

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“Bodies were found stacked inside the tank."

“Primarily it appears workers have died due to inhaling poisonous gas but exact reason will be known only after the post-mortem of bodies is carried out,’’ a fire service official said.

Police have arrested four persons including the owner of the mill in connection with the mishap.

Labour union leaders in India often accuse factories and mills of ignoring safety standards vis-a-vis workers.

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