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AHRC notice on gas leak

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 - A division bench of the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has issued notice to the State Chief Secretary, calling upon him to institute an inquiry into the incident of leakage of some toxic gas in the greater Chandmari area last Friday.

The AHRC order sought the inquiry to be conducted through the technological as well as administrative authorities concerned. The report is to be submitted before the Commission within 30 days of receipt of the notice.

The Commission on Wednesday took suo-moto cognizance of a news item appearing in a number of local newspapers regarding a mysterious gas leak that affected a large number of the residents of Navagraha, Silpukhuri, Chandmari and Kharghuli on Friday night. The leakage also resulted in nausea and vomiting amongst some of the affected people besides the reported death of an elderly woman.

�It is expected that the best of technologies will be used by the authorities concerned to prevent any further leakage of such obnoxious substances so as to avert and evade any possible disaster detrimental and deleterious to life and property,� the AHRC order said.

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