Kurnool: The Kurnool police registered cases against the management of SPY Agro Industries Ltd located at Nandyal following the death of one person and injuries to three others. This was caused by the ammonia gas leak at the factory on Saturday morning.

The gas leakage has claimed the life of the general manager of the factory while three workers were injured.

The police said that the General Manager Srinivas Rao (50) died instantly. Four workers present at the accident spot ran out of the premises.

Few people in the surrounding areas complained of nausea and giddiness, the police added.

Preliminary investigation into the incident had revealed that the gas leaked from a 2.0 tonne ammonium storage tank at the factory located in the outskirts of Nandyal. There were five employees present in the area when the mishap took place.

Kurnool District Collector G Veerapandian said there was no effect of the gas leak outside the company premises, and the three other injured workers were declared out of danger.

The Fire Service personnel rushed the spot and controlled the situation. Medical teams were also positioned at the company for emergency needs.

Kurnool police chief K Fakeerappa said that they have registered cases against the management under Sections of 278, 284, 285 and 304 (A) of IPC and also Factories Act 94 for further investigation. The SP said the leakage was arrested.

SPY Agro Industries Ltd is a subsidiary of Nandi Group of Industries located at Udumalpuram on the outskirts of Nandyal town in Kurnool district. The industry was a modern grain-based distillery, producing 1,50,000 litres of grain neutral spirit (Extra Neutral Alcohol) per day from a variety of grains. Besides, it also manufactures dry ice and cattle feed.

District Collector G Veerapandian said that they have constituted an eight member committee to enquire into the incident and submit a report to government.

The mishap took place close on the heels of the styrene gas leak incident at LG Polymers Ltd plant at RR Venkatapuram in Vizag city on May 7. The incident had claimed 12 lives and over 500 persons from the nearby village were hospitalized.

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