Doraha (Ludhiana), June 13: At least six persons were killed and over 100 others were injured when an ammonia gas tanker leaked here early on Saturday.
According reports, the leak occurred when the tanker got stuck under a flyover on the Doraha Bypass Road along a canal, about 25 kms from here.
Six persons died due to inhaling of the gas, Doraha Police Station’s SHO Rajnish Kumar Sood said, adding, the bodies have been shifted to a hospital in Ludhiana. He said that around 100 other persons complained of breathing problem due to inhaling of the gas.
The police said that residents came out of their houses when the gas from the leaking tanker spread in and around Doraha, adding that affected people have been admitted to different hospitals in Doraha, Khanna and Ludhiana.
The tanker, bearing registration number of Gujarat was going from Ludhiana side, the police said, adding that details were still awaited and identities of the victims yet to be ascertained.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team arrived at the spot soon after the incident.
The villagers have been evacuated from the gas leak site.
Punjab Legislative Assembly Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has expressed his sympathy towards the victims of the Doraha gas leak and assured suitable compensation for their families.
Atwal told the media: “Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has expressed sympathy and will offer most suitable compensation to the victims.”
(With Agency Inputs)