ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BHILAI STEEL PLANT- Contract Workers Struggle

light on only some of the flaws and lapses in design and operation policies while other larger issues are clearly beyond its scope. Even within its own domain it abounds in glaring omissions; the most inexcusable fault being the lack of a detailed and meticulous exploration of the possibility of the presence of hydrogen cyanide gas in the released toxic material. Experiments pertaining to cyanide are quickly glossed over and what is worse no experiments have been carried out in which the gaseous products have been analysed. The report merely mentions that "it was not possible to collect gaseous products and examine them". All we get are promises that the gas phase analysis will be reported at some future time. This is quite shocking because independent medical evidence has pointed to cyanide poisoning as a possible cause of death. Gas phase analysis may have provided some answers relating to the cause of death.

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