Bhubaneswar, Aug 12 (PTI) The members of the All Odisha LPG Distributors Association today staged an agitation and stopped gas distribution services for a day protesting arrest of three persons in connection with the death of four members of a family in a fire mishap at Rourkela.

About 400 members of the LPG Distributors Association sat on dharna near Governor’s House here terming the arrests as illegal and arbitrary .

The police had earlier arrested proprietor of Utkal Gas Agency Mukesh Kejriwal and two employees- Trilochan Bhuyan and Pranadhan Mohanty after four people of a family died due to an alleged gas leakage.

It is unfortunate that four people died. But, the police arrested three persons without conducting a proper investigation, the association members said.

The arrests were made after death of Suresh Tripathy, his wife Suchitra, two minor daughters Sruti and Prachi at Ispat General Hospital (IGH) while undergoing treatment for severe burn injuries sustained during the cylinder fire mishap on July 31.

The police arrested the LPG distributor and two of his employees basing on a complants made by Suresh s family at the Jalda police outpost. They alleged negligence on part of the LPG supply agency which had led to the mishap.

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