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US expert to study HPCL blast

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An international expert in industrial fire safety from the US would visit HPCL within a month to ascertain facts relating to the recent mishap and...

  • Guilty will be punished after high-level, transparent probe: CMD
  • Death toll rises to nine

Visakhapatnam: An international expert in industrial fire safety from the US would visit HPCL within a month to ascertain facts relating to the recent mishap and suggest measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents, said HPCL Chairman and Managing Director S Roy Choudary here on Monday.

The HPCL CMD was responding to suggestions by Rajya Sabha MP T Subbarami Reddy at an interactive session with the top brass. Dr Reddy said that the authorities should sanction Rs 20 lakh ex gratia not only to the next of kin of those who had lost their lives, but also to all the injured workmen. Besides, the authorities should provide regular work to the next of kin of the contract workers who were killed or permanently disabled. Choudary responded positively to Dr Reddy's suggestions and issued instructions.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the HPCL blast rose to nine, with one person, Sanyasi Rao, succumbing to burn injuries on Monday. Three of those injured -- P Satti Babu, Anantha Gowda and R Venkata Rao, were airlifted to Mumbai by a chartered air ambulance. Four others would be taken to Mumbai on Tuesday, it is learnt.

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