Nearly 200 school students were hospitalised on Saturday after they complained of irritation in eyes due to gas leakage from a container depot near their school in southeast Delhi’s Tughlakabad area.
The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.
Around 200 children have been admitted to 4 hospitals for treatment, no one is serious. Situation normal now: Romil Baniya, D CP South East pic.twitter.com/gxTZb0BVPR— ANI (@ANI_news) May 6, 2017
According to police, a call was received at around 7:35 AM about some chemical leakage at customs area of Tughlaqabad depot, which is located near Rani Jhansi School for girls run by the city government.
Following the incident, teams of police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as well as CATS ambulance reached the spot.
Delhi:National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) arrive at Tughlakabad’s Rani Jhansi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya after gas leakage near the school pic.twitter.com/uQHI7uFpYn— ANI (@ANI_news) May 6, 2017
“Some chemical leakage at customs area of Tughlaqabad depot has caused eye irritation to the girl students in Rani Jhansi school,” DCP(Southeast) Romil Baaniya said.
The students were admitted to three hospitals. Police said that the source of leakage is yet to be ascertained.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the students are fine.
“Girl students, who had complained of irritation in their eyes due to gas leakage, have been admitted to three hospitals. I spoke to doctors who told me that they are normal,” Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said.
He said that he has ordered the area district magistrate and SDM to launch a probe into the gas leakage incident at the container depot.
Central GoI hospitals instructed to be ready to help all victims of Delhi gas leak incident.My prayers are with children &families: JP Nadda pic.twitter.com/HXbTC1yWrI— ANI (@ANI_news) May 6, 2017
“There was an exam in the school which we have cancelled following the incident,” the deputy chief minister said.