People affected by a gas leak at the LG Polymers Plant are transported in an ambulance in Visakhapatnam on Thursday [R Narendra/Reuters]

Angry protesters carrying bodies stormed an Indian chemical plant on Saturday to demand the facility’s closure after a toxic gas leak killed 12 people days earlier.

Thursday’s pre-dawn accident in the industrial port city of Visakhapatnam injured hundreds and knocked many unconscious as they tried to flee the area.

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State government officials arrived to conduct a safety tour of the plant, owned by South Korea’s LG Chem, when a crowd of about 300 people barged past police and security guards.

Some helped cart stretchers bearing three victims of the disaster, their feet sticking out from under the black canvas covers

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