UP: Hundreds of students fall sick due to gas leak in sugar mill
Hundreds of students of a school fell sick allegedly due to leakage of a poisonous gas in a sugar mill in Shamli.lucknow Updated: Oct 11, 2017 15:55 IST
Hundreds of students of a school fell sick allegedly due to leakage of a poisonous gas in a sugar mill in Shamli on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the matter by the commissioner, Saharanpur.
Principal secretary, information, Awanish Awasthi said the CM had ordered a probe into the Shamli incident by the commissioner Shaharanpur and directed the DM and local officers to provide help to the affected children.
The students of Saraswati Vidya Mandir were rushed to the district and private hospitals after they complained of uneasiness and itching in their eyes. The students were discharged after being given medical assistance.
After getting information about the gas leak, parents and relatives of the students reached the school and demanded action against the owner of the sugar mill.
Police and district administration officials rushed to the spot and directed the health officials to provide adequate treatment to children.
District magistrate Indra Vikram Singh instructed the officials of the pollution control board to inspect the plant and find out the cause of the gas leak.
Accusing the media of blowing the issue out of proportion, the DM said experts were inspecting the sugar mill to ascertain the cause of the leak.
“The school is located close to the sugar mill. Many students complained of itching and inflammation in their eyes after the gas leak. The school administration took them to hospitals for treatment. Majority of the students have been discharged,” Singh said.
He said the situation was under control and officials had been asked to rectify the problem at the sugar mill.
Meanwhile, doctors said the children complained of minor problems and there was nothing serious.
No case was registered in this connection till reports last came in.