A view of the fire caused due to a blast in the Bhilai steel plant of state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. in Durg. (Photo Courtesy: PTI)

FIR Against Four Officials In Bhilai Steel Plant Blast

Three days after a blast at the Bhilai steel plant in Chhattisgarh killed 13 employees, a first information report was registered on Friday against four officials of the plant for alleged negligence, the police said.

Two of these officials have already been suspended in the wake of the tragic incident.

The explosion had occurred in a gas pipeline at the plant of the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. in Durg district's Bhilai town, 30 kilometres from Raipur.

Four officials of the energy management department of the plant were booked for allegedly overlooking safety standards and not assessing possible hazards, police said Friday. They included Executive Director (Works) PK Das, General Manager (Coke Oven) GVS Subramaniam, Deputy General Manager (Energy) Naveen Kumar and Manager (Safety and Fire Fepartment) P Pandya Raja, a police official told PTI.

The case was registered against them under IPC sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 34 (common intention) based on preliminary findings of the state's deputy director of industrial health and safety, police said, adding that further probe is underway.

No arrest has been made yet.

Ten injured employees are undergoing treatment at the burns unit of the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital Research Centre in Bhilai.

The plant's Chief Executive Officer M Ravi was removed on Wednesday, while Raja and Kumar were suspended.