India gas leak: Culpable homicide charges after 11 die

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Indian police have filed charges of culpable homicide against managers of LG Polymers over a gas leak at the plant that killed 11 people.

The leak at the site, owned by South Korean company LG Chem, occurred early on Thursday morning in the city of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state.

Hundreds were taken ill and rushed to hospital, while thousands were evacuated from surrounding villages. The dead include six females – two of whom are children – and five men.

Officials said most of those who were admitted to hospital on Thursday have since been discharged. Some 120 people are still being treated, but are stable.

The leak happened as the plant was being re-opened for the first time since 24 March, when India went into lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The company said in a statement that it was investigating the cause of the incident, and was looking at ways “to provide speedy treatment” for those affected. The cause of the leak is still unclear and investigation is underway, officials said. But the charges against the company include causing death by negligence.

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