Hemachandran for Crime Branch probe into KMML gas leak
ADGP had not so far come across any evidence of a sabotage behind the gas leak
Thiruvananthapuram: ADGP (Intelligence) A. Hemachandran has recommended a detailed investigation by the Crime Branch into the recent gas leak at Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited at Chavara as well as a safety audit and risk analysis of the plant by an external agency.
In a report submitted to the home and industries departments on Monday, the ADGP recommended that a case should be registered by invoking Indian Penal Code sections 287 for “negligent conduct with respect to machinery” and 440 for “mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt.”
Sources said that the probe by the ADGP had not so far come across any evidence of a sabotage behind the gas leak. The detailed probe will cover all such aspects. Mr. Hemachandran also suggested that at least the critical systems of plant should be modernised as a total modernisation involved huge financial obligations.
An ambient air quality monitoring mechanism should be installed. The work culture at KMML needs to be streamlined by discouraging the practice of employees working in continuous shifts to avail of offs. Safety awareness among employees also need to be initiated, said the report.
( Source : dc correspondent )