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Three labourers died in a tank blast at Zuari Agro Chemical Factory in Goa

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Vasco: Three labourers died on the spot  due to blast of an under maintenance ammonia tank at Zuari Agro Chemical Limited (ZACL) Plant at Vasco on Tuesday afternoon.

State chief minister Pramod Sawant tweeted “It is very unfortunate to hear about the tragic death of three labourers in a blast of the under maintenance Ammonia Tank at Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited plant at Vasco. The State machinery has immediately responded and are making every effort to bring normalcy to the situation.”

“I urge the locals not to panic and not to believe any rumours. There is no gas leakage and the matter is being monitored by the Government,” Sawant said in another tweet.

Sources in ZACL said that the deceased were not the staff of the company but were engaged by a contractor.

He said that the incident happened when labourers were removing the nut bolts of the tank, which was planning to go for a shut down from May 30. “While they were recommended to use cold works technology, the staff used gas cutting equipments due to which the blast occurred,” he said.

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