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Union Carbide officials held after fatal gas leak in India

Police arrested four officials of a Union Carbide insecticide plant in Bhopal , capital of Madhya Pradesh State, 370 miles south of New Delhi, in connection with a leak of poisonous cyanide gas Sunday night. As of midday Monday, at least 304 people had died and 10,000 more left ill, some hospitalized.

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The plant's managing director was quoted by United News of India as saying the gas, methyl isocyanate, leaked when a valve on an underground storage tank broke under rising pressure inside. It spread to an area of about 25 square miles.

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