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All-clear at IGI Airport, no radioactivity detected


New Delhi, October 9:  The Central Government sounded an “all-clear” at the Indira Gandhi Airport on Sunday following reports of a radioactive leak from a consignment brought in by Air France.

‘”Officers from BARC and NDRF have cleared at 1355 hrs that there is no anticipation of any harm because the leakage is within permissible limits,” government chief spokesman Frank Noronha said.

A suspected radioactive leak was reported today in the cargo area of the Delhi airport from a shipment carrying material for cancer treatment from France, triggering a ‘Radiological Emergency', which was withdrawn after little over three hours as the emission was found within permissible limits.

An emergency response was activated following the suspected leak with teams from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Bhabha Atomic Centre (BARC) and Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushing to the cargo terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, about a kilometre-and-a-half from the passenger area. A team of doctors from Medanta hospital was also rushed to the spot.

“A call was received from the airport around 10.45 AM regarding suspected radioactive leak from medical equipment,” said Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer.

The local unit of the CISF intimated the NDRF control room about the suspected radioactive leak from a sanitized container from a consignment that came on an Air France plane last night.

NDRF sources said its team rushed to the spot, sanitised the area and got the cargo complex vacated as a preventive measure.

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