Blast kills two at Reliance refinery

January 8th, 2009 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Jamnagar (Gujarat), Jan 8 (IANS) An accidental explosion at the Reliance refinery here killed two engineers, the company said Thursday, a day after the incident.The explosion occurred Wednesday while a pipeline was being tested at the hydrogen plant of the newly commissioned refinery at Moti Khavdi.

Around 2.30 a.m. two bodies were taken to the Jamnagar civil hospital, 28 km away, for autopsy. They were identified as those of engineers Akshay Bhanderi of Maharashtra and Nitin Singh of Panipat, Haryana.

Nitin Bhatt, a Reliance spokesperson, said the two men were seriously injured in the incident and died while being shifted to the hospital. He denied that anyone had been injured.

The civil hospital is the nearest for Reliance workers even in an emergency.

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