Cylinder importer untraceable, police clueless
The office of Agro Gases Private Limited (AGPL), the company that reportedly imported the chlorine cylinders and failed to collect them from the MbPT warehouse for nine years, was locked on Friday.mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2010 02:33 IST
The office of Agro Gases Private Limited (AGPL), the company that reportedly imported the chlorine cylinders and failed to collect them from the MbPT warehouse for nine years, was locked on Friday.
Investigations by the MbPT revealed that of the 105 cylinders, at least 59 were imported by AGPL. It's one of these 59 that leaked and sent 131 people to hospital.
"Our records show the cylinders came for Agro Gases Private Ltd," Mohan Chandran, secretary, MbPT. Sources said these cylinders had been imported from Dubai in 2001.
When HT visited the company's office near Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, the door was locked. The address is in the chemical trade directory, www.tradebits.in.
The security guard at the building, however, said the flat belonged to a Dipavali Naik and is residential. "She has lived here for seven years at least," he said.
Despite repeated attempts, phone calls made on the firm's landline remained unanswered.
The police are clueless who the cylinder importers are. In fact, they have not started investigating the gas leak incident. "We are busy neutralising the cylinders. Once it's over, we will starting investigation," said Rajan Bhogle, senior police inspector, Sewri police station.