Chhattisgarh: Talking about the blast at Bhilai steel plant which took place on Tuesday, Vishnudeo Sai, minister of state for steel and mines called the incident unfortunate. “The incident is really unfortunate. A normal maintenance work was underway, sudden fire led to this incident,” the minister said.

Sai added that an internal committee of four members has been constituted to probe the matter, while informing that external committee will also be formed soon.

Notably, at least nine people were killed and several others injured in a blast at a gas supply pipeline in Bhilai Steel Plant, the flagship unit of Indias largest steelmaker in the public sector. “It was a major incident. Nine people have died so far,” Vijay Mairal, the spokesperson of the Bhilai Steel Plant, told IANS. He added that the death toll could go up.

The Bhilai plant, located 30 km west of the state capital Raipur in Durg district, is India’s sole producer and supplier of rails for Indian Railways. Shares of SAIL fell as much as over 4 per cent today after news of blast was flashed by news channels.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh condoled the death of nine persons in the blast at the plant. “I have been saddened by the accident that occurred at the steel plant. I pay my respect to those who died. I pray to God to give courage to the bereaved families and for the speedy recovery of those injured,” he tweeted.