Visakhapatnam: 12 officers including the South Korean CEO of LG Polymers have been arrested by India in connection with a deadly Styrene gas leak that occured on May 7.
Sunkey Jong, the South Korean CEO for LG Chemicals, the parent for LG Polymers has been arrested within hours from the Andhra Pradesh state government sharing a report attributing serious lapses to the company. Visakhapatnam City Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena was also quoted as saying that two directors from the firm have been arrested.
On Tuesday, the Andhra Pradesh state government reportedly found LG Polymers as "being negligent" and saddled with dysfunctional warning systems. The report also cited a lack of adherence to safety protocols and timely emergency response measures at the plant.
"There were no proper preventive mechanisms to avert such incidents and the warning siren facility was also not in order," said the state government's report. "The Committee in its report mentioned 36 (times) about how the alarm system did not function and the siren did not (sound)," the government further added in a statement.
Investigators have also expressed their doubts over a clogged cooling system which may have been the reason for the toxic Styrene to escape.
On May 7, toxic fumes of Styrene gas leaked from the chemical plant of LG Polymers, spreading fast into nearby villages leaving 12 people dead and several others choking.