At least six persons were killed and around 100 others complained of breathing problems when an ammonia gas tanker leaked early on Saturday near Ludhiana, police said.The leak occurred when the tanker got stuck under a flyover on the Doraha bypass along a canal, about 25 kms from Ludhiana, according to the police.
Six persons died after inhaling the leaked gas. Doraha Police Station’s SHO Rajnish Kumar Sood said the bodies have been shifted to a hospital in Ludhiana. Around 100 others complained of breathing problems, he added.
The affected people have been admitted to different hospitals in Doraha, Khanna and Ludhiana, the SHO said.Residents in the area were forced to vacate their homes when the gas from the tanker spread in and around Doraha, police said.
The tanker had Gujarat registration number, according to the police. Police officers have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.More details are awaited. Identities of the victims are yet to be ascertained, the police said.