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2 women killed as poisonous gas leaks in West Bengal

Burdwan: Two women were killed and 50 others affected, 12 of them seriously, when gas leaked from a cyclinder in a welding workshop in West Bengal's Burdwan district today.

The incident happened in Asansol under Gopalpur police station when ammunium sulphate gas leaked from the cylinder, Asansol-Durgapur Police Commissioner Vineet Goel said.

The deceased were identified as Satya Bala Das (80) and Ujjala Das (78). Among those affected by the gas leak is a child. The poisonous gas spread to an area stretching to more than two kms, Goel said. The district administration has ordered a probe into the incident.

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