Raipur: Five persons, including two Deputy General Managers, were killed and over 30 people fell ill when suspected poisonous gas leaked in the Bhilai Steel Plant in Durg district of Chhattisgarh today.

Gas leakage from blast furnace-GCP occurred at around 6.30 PM due to breakdown in a water pump, affecting people working nearby in the plant premises, a statement issued by the plant said.

Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) Pradeep Gupta said five persons, including two DGMs, were killed and 30 others injured in the incident. 

The injured included CISF personnel, workers and officials of the public sector plant.

All the affected persons have been taken to Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Bhilai and the seriously ill have been admitted to ICU, Gupta said.

"Plant Management is providing all possible care and support and efforts are on for an early liquidation from the breakdown," the statement by the plant said.

A high-level inquiry would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the breakdown and the management will extend all the support to the affected persons, the statement added.

Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed grief over the incident and said best medical care will be provided to those affected in the incident.