Gujarat chemical plant blast: HC refuses advance bail to accused.

The Gujarat High Court refused to grant anticipatory bail to accused managerial staff of a chemical factory in Dahej, in the Bharuch district in Gujarat, where ten workers died on June 3 in a blast. The blast occurred at a facility owned by specialty chemicals and intermediates company Yashasvi Rasayan. Seventy-seven labourers were injured.

The applicants had filed the petition to seek anticipatory bail in the FIR registered in respect of offenses punishable under sections 304, 337, 338, 203, 285, 286, 287,427 and 114 of the IPC.

The court, in denying bail, referred to the December 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy to show the seriousness of the incident.

The bench also referred to the industrial accident in May at the LG polymer chemical plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and said that the incident shows how “gas spreads rapidly in the vicinity of a chemical plant.”

The court has held all of them guilty in the case of prima facie non-willful murder.

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