Over 100 students hospitalised after gas leak near a school in Delhi

Dozens of students were rushed to hospital in South East Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area on Saturday morning after they complained of irritation in eyes. Chemical leakage in the area was the reason, police said. Some of the students of the Rani Jhansi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya near the customs area of Tughlaqabad area are said to have fainted in the school and some complained of irritation after they reached school on Saturday morning.

“Local police, fire department and ambulance teams reached the spot and took the students to a nearby hospital. They are reported normal,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Romil Baaniya. One of the school’s teachers who did not wish to be named told The Hindu that some of the students have been discharged after treatment and sent home. Meanwhile, the school has been temporarily shut.

The students were admitted to three hospitals. Police said that the source of leakage is yet to be ascertained. According to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the students are fine. “Eighty five girl students, who had complained of irritation in their eyes due to gas leakage, have been admitted to three hospitals. I spoke to doctors who told me that they are normal,” Mr. Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said. He said that he has ordered the area district magistrate and SDM to launch a probe into the gas leakage incident at the container depot. “There was an exam in the school which we have cancelled following the incident,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Officials of the Delhi Fire Services, who were alerted about the leak around 7.30 am, said seven teams were at the spot to control the leak. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast District) Romil Baaniya said the leak originated in a truck at the depot’s customs area. The Delhi Police and National Disaster Response Force are trying to identify the chemical and how it leaked.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com