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SAIL removes Bhilai plant CEO, suspends 2 other officials after deadly fire

Steel Authority of India Ltd. dismissed the CEO of its Bhilai steel plant, M. Ravi, and suspended two senior officials after a fire at the plant in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, the Press Trust of India reported Oct. 10, citing Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh.

The company reported Oct. 9 that nine employees were killed and 14 others injured in the accident, which occurred during a maintenance job in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant.

Two more employees later died in the hospital after succumbing to injuries.

Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnudeo Sai said SAIL created a four-member committee to investigate the accident.