Patna: Around 15 employees were injured, including eight seriously, in an explosion at a wing of the Barauni oil refinery in Bihar’s Begusarai district on Thursday, officials said.Also Read - NEET Scam: ₹ 5 Lakh To Write Exam, Probe Takes Police To Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow

The injured persons are admitted in Barauni refinery hospital and a private hospital. Eight of them are battling for their lives. Also Read - Patna Artist Paints Her Nails, Writes 'Get Vaccinated' on Her Thumb to Raise Covid-19 Awareness

“A section of the refinery was shut for the last one month. The operation of the section was launched on Tuesday. Things were going smoothly for the last two days until a massive explosion at around 12 noon on Thursday,” senior refinery official E.D. Shukla said, “We have stopped all kinds of production at this facility. The rescue operation is currently underway. We are ascertaining that no one is trapped inside. Human movement inside the facility is completely stopped. Only expert engineers will be allowed to inspect the affected area later to find out the reason of the incident,” he added. Also Read - Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Announces Further 10 Years Sponsorship for the Indian Hockey Teams

(With Inputs from IANS)