Gas leak in India’s Punjab kills nine


Nine people died and 11 have been hospitalised after a gas leak in Ludhiana in the northern Indian state of Punjab, the country’s ANI news agency reported on Sunday. A team from National Disaster Response Force was at the site, according to the video feed shared by ANI. Police officials were seen patrolling, wearing masks, and asking locals to keep out of a cordoned area, the video showed.

“Definitely, it is a gas leak case. The NDRF team is present at the spot to evacuate the people and will conduct the rescue operation,” ANI quoted West Ludhiana Sub Divisional Magistrate Swati as saying. A video shared by ANI on Twitter showed a local saying, “I came to know that five members of my family are unconscious.” In the video, police officials could be seen stopping him from going towards the incident site.

Another video showed a resident, Anjan Kumar, telling the reporter that the gas leaked from the factory was poisonous and one “would not be able to breathe” when surrounded by it. INP