colleagues, kin protest against laxity of plant authorities
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Durgapur, 5 January
The recovery of the body of a missing wage labourer in Jharkhand has led to tension in an Asansol village this morning.
Setabol Shah (39), working with a private thermal power station had entered the power plant in Madanpur village, Baraboni PS area, in Asansol three days ago and didn’t return home. He was from the neighbouring Rakhakura village in Jamuria PS area. Early today, his body was found lying beside the road in Fatehpur in Jharkhand&’s Jamtara district. Colleagues and family of the deceased protested against the lapses by the private power plant authority alleging that Shah was on duty and the office records showed that though his entry was recorded, his exit from duty was not recorded in the office ledger sheet.
Mr Zafar Shah, the deceased&’s uncle, said: “My nephew didn’t return home and many a time such workers are asked to be on ‘overtime’ duty in the power plant. So, we thought he was on duty.”
But when they got to know from the plant yesterday that he was not on duty, a search party set out to look for him. Mr Sourabh Mukherjee, coordinator of the Goenka group-run power plant said: “It has become a custom here that the workers leave the plant site without signing the ‘exit’ column.”
Early today, locals spotted Shah&’s body beside the road and contacted his office.
The colleagues and kin of Shah later brought the body to the plant site and laid it in front of the plant gate. They also stopped workers from entering the plant.
Policemen from the Baraboni and Jamuria police stations were unable to control the agitators.
The blockade of the gate was however lifted at 4:30 p.m. when the plant&’s authorities agreed to meet with the family on Thursday.