Nitin Gadkari orders probe into Cochin Shipyard blast

"I have spoken to MD, CSL and asked him to provide all necessary medical support to victims and to initiate immediate enquiry with the help of concerned agencies," Gadkari said.

By Author   |   Published: 13th Feb 2018   4:10 pm Updated: 13th Feb 2018   5:31 pm
Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari.

New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday ordered an immediate enquiry to ascertain the reasons behind a blast on an under repair ship at Cochin Shipyard (CSL) that killed five people.

“I have spoken to MD, CSL and asked him to provide all necessary medical support to victims and to initiate immediate enquiry with the help of concerned agencies,” Gadkari said.

According to a shipping ministry official, at least five people have been killed in the blast. Earlier, a CSL spokesperson said a fire had broken out on a ship under repair in the premises, killing three people.

Eleven persons trapped inside the ship were evacuated and rushed to hospital, the spokesperson said.