Three killed in Chhattisgarh industrial accident

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 07, 2013 18:10 hrs

Raipur, March 7 (IANS) At least three workers were killed and two others critically injured in accident Thursday at a captive power plant owned by the Jindal Power Ltd (JPL) in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district, police said.

"The tragedy occurred Dongamahua captive power plant when a few workers were engaged in boiler maintenance work," Additional Superintendent of Police Praful Thakur told IANS over phone.

"The death toll could rise. We have launched an initial probe, no one would be spared if found guilty," Thakur added.

The deceased have been identified as Alikh Barik, 35, of Odisha, Ajay Gupta, 30, of Uttar Pradesh and Mitra Bhanu, 19, a local resident. The injured were taken to JPSL-managed O.P. Jindal Hospital in Raigarh.

According to sources, the company has announced a compensation amount of Rs.12 lakh for families of each of the three killed besides a monthly pension of Rs.2,500.

The JPL mishap is the second such industrial tragedy in the state in 2013 after five workers were killed Jan 31 at Ambuja Cement Plant in Bhatapara in Baloda Bazar district.

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