Two persons were killed and four others were taken ill as benzimidazole gas leaked at a pharmaceutical company in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh early today.
The situation is now under control as the leak was confined to one unit in the Sainor Life Sciences company at Parawada near the industrial-port city of Visakhapatnam, reports our New Delhi correspondent, quoting a statement released by the office of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
The two killed were senior employees of the company, officials revealed.
The injured persons have been hospitalised in Gajuwaka, with one of them being put on ventilator support, our correspondent reports, quoting sources.
The cause of the leak that took place in a reactor unit at the plant is yet to be established.
The pharmaceutical unit was shut down immediately after the leakage was reported around 11:30 pm, according to officials.
The incident came nearly two months after 11 people were killed and over 1,000 taken ill after a gas leak at a chemical plant in Visakhapatnam.