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Sangosh Tea Garden migrant workers tragic accident

Tea Worker's Injured while Working for near by Tyre.melting Unit... 

February 11th 2016

Six migrant workers belonged to the village of Sangosh Tea Garden in Alipurduar district of West Bengal has badly injured today due to a tragic accident. At the time they were working at a tyre-melting unit near Chettipalayam on the outskirts of the city, when a boiler in the unit burst around 11 a.m. on Thursday. 

They were identified as — J. Saroj (23), A. Dharun (20), A. Gunal (19), S. Birjun (20), C. Preetham (25) and D. Bikash (19) — suffered 100 per cent burns and were rushed to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.

According to the reports and other workers, the injured were near the boiler, when it exploded. Two were preparing food and another two were watering plants while other two were allegedly open the boiler to attend to something of the boiler according to the instructions of their supervisor. The police said that the boiler exploded, exposing the victims to intense heat.

Sadly four of them had only joined 10 days ago and did not possess enough experience to work under such conditions. Others had been working there for about eight months. 

Hospital authorities said that the workers’ chances of survival were very slim as they suffered severe burns all over the body. Judicial Magistrate-II of the Coimbatore Combined Court, Rajkumar, recorded the declaration of the victims. They were then put under sedation.

After visiting the patients and speaking to workers at the unit, District Revenue Officer T. Christuraj has told The Hindu that officials from the Pollution Control Board and Inspectorate of Factories were conducting an investigation at the site.

These workers migrate here for better salaries and living conditions. The companies hire them. They keep it tight lipped since this has an element of human trafficking, and legalization is a hard and painfully slow process. Even if the companies are willing to follow through the process the fear of castigation and dealing with government bureaucrats stop them doing so. This is the reason the immigrant issue is kept hush. 


Story thanks to Our Special Indian Correspondence, and Indian media "The Hindu" 





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