Three days after the deadly gas leak from a tanker at Doraha near Ludhiana, its absconding driver was arrested late Monday night.
Station house officer (SHO) of Doraha police station Rajnish Sood said the driver, identified as Jitendra Singh of Ferozabad district in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested following a tip-off. He has been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
Five people were killed in the ammonia gas leak that occurred when the tanker got stuck under a flyover in Doraha near Ludhiana on June 12. Khanna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Gill said: “The Vadodra-based tanker company is sending a team of technicians to Punjab to find out whether there is still some gas left in the tanker that is parked near the Sutlej river.”
Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Monday took a tour of various Ludhiana hospitals to inquire about the well-being of gas leak victims.
Interacting with victims and their family members, the minister promised them free treatment. The government has announced Rs one lakh each as compensation to family members of five people who lost their lives in the accident.
The hospitals visited by Jyani included Apollo, Christian Medical College and Hospital, DMCH and the civil hospital. Of the seven new trauma centers coming up in various districts of the state, one would be set up at Ludhiana, said the minister.
One the proposed to install an air-conditioning system in government hospitals, Jyani replied that at least one airconditioner will be installed in OPDs in government hospitals across the state. The wall of the civil hospital will be repaired soon, he said. During his visit to the civil hospital, the minister said there weren’t adequate chair and fans for patients. He also told officials to place dustbins outside different wards.
85 UNDERGOING TREATMENT
As per records, 85 gas leak victims were undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Ludhiana. While five people have died in the deadly leak, the condition of eight is said to be critical.