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Scientists Search, Seize Radioactive Material At Delhi Market

April 27, 2010

The silver colored material spewing gamma radiation that slipped into a scrap dealer’s shops causing at least six persons to fall ill has exposed gaps in India’s mechanisms to preserve radiological safety.

Department of atomic energy official said that the scrap dealer and five workers have fallen ill with symptoms of radiation exposure after they tried to work with scrap that contained a highly radioactive element called cobalt 60.

Cobalt 60 is used as a source of radiation in cancer radiotherapy and in industrial inspection equipment, but scientists investigating the incident said the origin of the material found in the scrap dealer’s shops was still unknown.

An official said that a team of atomic energy scientists and technicians shielded, packed and removed from two of the scrap dealer’s shops eight bunches of junk containing cobalt 60 shaped like wires.

Mr Swapnesh Kumar Malhotra a DAE spokesman told The Telegraph that “The radioactivity varied from bunch to bunch, but even the lowest level was millions of times higher than the background radiation.”

Scientists familiar with operations said the radioactivity levels in the scrap dealer’s two shops were so high that each person involved in extricating the material was allowed to stay inside the shops for only four seconds.

The material has been sent to the Narora Atomic Power Station where it will be analyzed. The radiation in the affected area has returned to normal background levels.

The scrap dealer who has been in the Apollo Indraprastha Hospital here since April 4 with severe bone marrow suppression has told police the material was embedded in a consignment of imported scrap. He had acquired the scrap about two weeks ago and stored it in a drum. A DAE official said it was unclear how many persons were exposed to the radiation during this period.

Report: NDTV

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15 comments

  1. nature paying them for their acts…yup…absolutely clear…apparently!!!
    😛 😛 😛


  2. That’s right Indians – keep screaming to the world about how unsafe and unsecure Pakistan’s nuclear facilities are!


  3. This is their potential. haha Indians save your ass first and then point fingers at Pakistan or anyother any nation.


  4. Courtesy of ToI: NEW DELHI: A 35-year-old man died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 19 days after he was exposed to radioactive material in the scrap market of Mayapuri in west Delhi. Another victim continues to remain critical, doctors said Tuesday.

    Rajender Prasad, who was exposed to Cobalt 60 at a scrap dealer shop in Mayapuri in west Delhi and admitted to AIIMS on April 8, died around 9.30 pm on Monday after multiple organ failure.

    “He developed bilateral pneumonia and was exhibiting signs of kidney and liver function impairment. He was put on ventilator April 24,” a doctor treating the radiation victims said.

    According to doctors, another radiation victim Ram Kalap is critical and his blood counts have reduced significantly. He has been put on prophylactic antibiotic and anti-fungal agents.

    Eight radiation victims have been admitted to hospitals so far.

    Six people were admitted at AIIMS with radiation exposure. One was discharged on April 20. Three patients continue to have low blood count but are “stable”, the doctor said.

    Deepak Jain, a scrap metal dealer from Mayapuri, was the first victim. He turned black after he touched the radioactive source. He had a considerably suppressed bone marrow and is hospitalized at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital.

    Ajay Jain, another scrap metal dealer from Mayapuri, was admitted to Max Hospital in Pitampura on April 10. He suffered minor burns and was declared radiation free by the hospital authorities. His condition is being monitored.


  5. The endians will die from their nuclear weapons like lab rats. They have acquired technology which they can’t handle safely.
    Let them face the consequences or we can help !!! In ending their agony. 🙂


  6. It’s pretty amusing to see you lot rejoice over what is obviously a human tragedy – but I guess that’s your upbringing. Please – laugh away at our misfortune and our obviously bad handling of waste.

    ha ha ??


    • “It’s pretty amusing to see you lot rejoice over what is obviously a human tragedy – but I guess that’s your upbringing. Please – laugh away at our misfortune and our obviously bad handling of waste.”

      Glad you also find it amusing.


    • they cannot inflict damage on us through wars. so stuff like this and Mumbai attack gives them hope.

      its sad. an entire nation obsessed with india 😦


  7. There is nothing to laugh at human tragedy anywhere in the world – that’s what we muslim think. But see the truth india that your nuclear program is one of the most unsafe in the world and you should admit it when you see such things happening in your country that radioactive material is sold openly in the markets and killing your own people. How on earth the world would be safe from indian weapons of mass destruction when they don’t have command and control system. The west and UN should take notice of unsafe nuclear program of india and should dismantle it immediately as its own people are becoming victims of their radioactive material and it will be very dangerous for the world.


    • There is a difference between a nuclear program and bad waste management from a medical facility.


      • Actually, your entire Nuclear program is in the Maoist/Naxalite corridor. So sleep well.


      • and urs, is in the hand of al-qauda


      • The difference is that Maoists are anti-Brahmin and Al-Quaeda anti-non believers.


      • EITHER WAY we are dead


  8. THIS WAY INDIA IS TRYING TO CREATE A GROUND OVER WHICH INDIA SHALL BASE ITS CONSPIRACIES AGAINST PAKISTAN AND OTHER ISLAMIC COUNTRIES.IN THIS CONNECTION FEW OFFICERS OF CENTRAL RESERVE POLICE FORCE OF INDIA DEPLOYED IN OCCUPIED KASHMIR THAT THIS TIME THE INDIAN CONSPIRACIES AGAINST PAKISTAN SHALL SUCCEED HOWSOEVER PAKISTAN TRIES TO PROVE ITSELF INNOCENT AND UNINVOLVED IN ANY TERRORIST PLAN OCHESTERED BY INDIA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY OR FOR THAT MATTER NO COUNTRY SHALL BELIEVE THAT INDIA HAS SUCCESSFULLY HATCHED A CONSPIRACY IN WHICH PAKISTAN SHALL BE BLAMED FOR THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY AND WEAPONS GRADE NUCLEAR MATERIAL EVEN IF IN FACT INDIA HAS DONE SO .BUT I TOLD YJEM THAT I HAVE GOT A SOLID PROOF OF INDIAS NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION BOTH OF TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS MATERIAL WHICH I SHALL PUT FORWARD BEFORE THE WORLD IN JULY THIS YEAR PREFERABLY BEFORE JULY 13TH
    BECAUSE I GOT FURTHER EVIDENCE OF INDIAS INVOLVEMENT IN THE NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION.
    BUT INDIA CANNOT SUCCED IN COVERING UP ITS PROLIFERATION INVOLVEMENT AND A PLOT OF DESTROYING THE WORLD.I SHALL EXPOSE INDIA EVEN IF INDIA TRIES TO KILL ME OR ARREST ME



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