Navi Mumbai, Sept. 26 -- Panic spread among residents living near the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) plant at Nagaon village, Uran, after a foul smell was reported on Wednesday. Amid suspicion of a gas leak, ONGC authorities clarified that there was no leakage in the plant and the smell was of hydrocarbon and had spread owing to incessant rain.

Sonalee Dutta, public relations officer of ONGC, said, "The smell had spread because of heavy rain and not because of any leakage. Senior officials were present at the plant on Wednesday. We later interacted with the local villagers and administration to dispel the panic caused by the hydrocarbon smell in the vicinity."

Jagdish Kulkarni, senior inspector of Uran police station, said, "Initi...