Delhi gas leak: India appoints top doctors to tackle threat

Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 06, 2017, 12:21 PM IST
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Students fell ill after gas leakage from a depot in Delhi's Tughlakabad. (In picture: NDRF and police personnel) Photograph:(ANI)

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173 students and nine teachers admitted to hospital as gas leaked from a depot in Delhi's Tughlakabad ||The depot is located near a school in Railway Colony, Tughlakabad

India's health minister has formed a five-member committee of AIIMS doctors to deal with Delhi's Tughlaqabad gas leak incident.

At least 300 students from Rani Jhansi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya were rushed to the hospital on Saturday moring after a gas leak from a container.

Meanwhile, ESIC Hospital -- where the students were sent for treatment -- said: "Received 103 children (all girls) and three adults, five with pre-existing illnesses referred to Apollo, 69 handed over to their guardians."

Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has asked the district magistrate to investigate the situation, while assuring that the students were safe.

"I spoke to doctors, who told me that the students were fine. I will visit the children soon in the hospital and have spoken to a few on the phone. I have also asked the DM (District Magistrate) to investigate. The students are being properly taken care of," Sisodia said.

A call was received around 7.35 am about the gas leakage and seven fire-tenders were rushed to the spot, said a senior officer from Delhi Fire Services, adding that the source of leakage was not clear, according to PTI.

Police have filed a filed an FIR (First Information Report), while its personnel have deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.

Romil Baniya, a senior police officer, said the gas leak was a case of "negligence" and that "hazardous substance was not handled properly".

The officer also informed that girls complained of irritation in their eyes, but added that none of the girls is critical.

(WION with inputs from agencies)