Pipeline explosion: Initial probe blames GAIL for fire, 2 suspended

Jun 30 2014, 09:00 IST
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People standing near coconut trees burnt in GAIL gas leak fire in Nagaram village near Rajahmundry in East Godavari. PTI People standing near coconut trees burnt in GAIL gas leak fire in Nagaram village near Rajahmundry in East Godavari. PTI
SummaryGAIL suspended two senior company officials of its Andhra Pradesh office for last Fridayís fire in which 19 people were killed.

Audit Group shall undertake audits to thoroughly check the various pipeline systems across the country and submit a detailed report within a fortnight.

The state-run company has constituted an internal inquiry committee headed by its executive director (operations and maintenance) and would engage an international consultant to conduct an intensive third-party audit of its pipeline safety systems and other hydrocarbon installations.

Andhra Police have filed a case against GAIL under sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) of the Indian Penal Code.

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