Mumbai: Suspected chemical powder fell from a refinery on food and vehicles of people living in Mahul village of Mumbai. There was a stir among the people when they saw the powder falling. Soon there was panic among the people of the area. A fire official said that the incident took place around 11 pm on Saturday. The incident is said to be at a time when residents of Gawan Pada in Mahul village of suburban Chembur were celebrating the festival outside their homes. The official said villagers noticed that some powder from the Hindustan petroleum refinery located nearby was falling on their food and vehicles.
Within a short time, the villagers informed the local police and fire department. Further, the official said that the fire department, police, and BMC reached the spot and immediately contacted the refinery officials. Meanwhile, the plant officials were asked to stop work there. The fire department, police, and BMC personnel were reportedly present in the area till 1.30 am on Sunday and found nothing suspicious.
Talking about the incident, he said, "The suspected chemical substance stopped falling automatically after some time. Senior Inspector Srihari Ghaute of RCF police station said about the incident, "It was not a poison. After the incident, the plant authorities were asked to temporarily stop work and fix the problem. Giving this information, the police officer said, "We will wait for the report of the Factory Inspector and the Chemical Pollution Controller and action will be taken on the basis of the same if required.''