Scientists search, seize radioactive material at Delhi market

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    An unassuming market in West Delhi turned into the location of a high-drama search-and-seize. The target: radioactive material in a scrap shop that has led to five people being hospitalized.

    Half a kilometre of the market was cordoned off by the Delhi Police. Inside, specialists from the Department of Atomic Energy, armed with geiger counters to detect radiation, looked through metal scrap in dozens of shops. Sixteen hours later, the area was declared safe.

    "We have isolated the metal wires which came into contact and they have all been loaded onto a truck...we are not sure where the material has come from, maybe it came from outside, we are still investigating," said S K Malhotra, the spokesperson of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

    The potentially-contaminated items were loaded onto a carefully-shielded lead container and taken to the Narora Atomic Station where they will be further analysed to find out where it could have come from.

    A week ago, Deepak Jain, who owns two metal scrap shops showed signs of radiation poisoning: dizziness, hair loss, burn and rash marks on his hands. He was admitted into hospital, and then on Thursday night, four other workers at his shop developed similar symptoms. When they arrived at a government hospital, the authorities were alerted and the Department of Atomic Energy moved in to investigate.

    Cobalt-60, a radioactive compound used in hospitals where cancer patients are treated, was found in Jain's shop.

    Ahead of the Commonwealth Games this year, three government hospitals in Delhi have been equipped and trained to look after patients who've been exposed to radiation. In addition to the safety lapses, what was worrying in this case was the slow reaction of doctors and the DAE in recognizing the signs of what could have widened into a much bigger crisis.

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    Efforts to cut a lead container led to radiation: Chavan

    New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Science and Technology
    Prithviraj Chavan said efforts to cut a lead container carrying a radioactive substance led to radiation in a west Delhi industrial area.



    Buzz up!Interacting with media here, Chavan said experts have identified the material as Cobalt-60.


    Due to the radiation one person was seriously injured, while five others were less injured.

    "The Government is planning to devise some mechanism to ensure that scrap dealers report to the authorities detection of radioactive material among scrap," Chavan said.

    A team of scientists from Mumbai's Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Narora Atomic Power Station in New Delhi, scanned the Mayapuri Industrial area to examine whether there is any other source of a similar emission in the vicinity.

    The team, collected and isolated the mysterious shining object from the scrap shop in a sophisticated lid and have sent it for further scientific investigation.

    The incident came to light when a scrap dealer, Deepak Jain, suffered serious burn injuries.

    The Apollo Hospital, where Jain is undergoing treatment informed the Government about radiation in that area.

    According to hospital sources, Jain fell unconscious and his hands had turned black after coming into contact with the object.

    The material was reportedly bought as part of medical waste from a city hospital.

    Four workers employed by Jain also suffered injuries in the incident
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