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Two Die In Blast At Reliance Plant
Friday, June 06, 2008

An explosion Friday at a petrochemical plant in India's western state of Maharashtra killed two people and injured more than 30, news reports said.

Police told the IANS news agency that two people died at the scene after the chemical explosion at the Indian Petrochemicals Corp Ltd plant in the Raigad district adjoining the state capital, Mumbai.

In its report, the PTI news agency said 35 workers were injured and were taken to hospitals.

Police sources told IANS that the explosion occurred while repair work was being carried out in one of the units where inflammable chemicals and materials were stored.

The police began investigations to determine the cause of the explosion at the plant, which is owned by Reliance Industries, India's leading conglomerate.

The plant was shut down immediately after the blast and was to open after "maintenance work" was completed, company officials said.

Source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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