There was a concern and alarm at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) early on Friday morning after reports of the leak of radioactive substance at the cargo. The said cargo had come from Turkey, which was subsequently isolated examined by the Nuclear regulatory agencies.
And by evening, both the state government and Nuclear regulatory authority claimed “There was no radioactive substance leak”.
“It was an organic liquid from other consignment that had spilled over the cargo carried by the Turkish airlines,” the authorities claimed further.
However, earlier in the day as the panic began to set in after the reports of radioactive substance leak, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told, “a team of atomic energy department has also reached the spot”.
According to the authorities, about four packets, out of the total ten, of a yellow-coloured liquid was suspected to have spread out of its sanitised container after the consignment landed at the cargo area of the airport at about 4:35 AM. Soon the alarm was raised about the incident after which a special squad of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was called in to check and contain it.
A special 10-member team of NDRF too was rushed to the airport. The NDRF chief O P Singh had then told that the “radioactive leak was very very small. There is nothing to panic and there is no effect on the passenger area”.
As a preventive measure, the cargo complex too was vacated by the officials and other workers.
Airport officials said the material was imported for use in medical purpose by a multi-speciality hospital. The packets, containing the material, bore the markings class-II liquid and a chemical component of Sodium.