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Friday, March 04, 2011

Labor unions should be liable for criminal acts of its members

DGM burnt alive by workers
Bhubaneswar, March 3, DHNS:

The deputy general manager (DGM) of a mid-size, privately run steel plant was killed when a group of agitated workers set his vehicle on fire in Titlagarh town in western Orissa Bolangir district on Thursday afternoon over labour dispute.


The local police have begun an investigation after registering a case. No arrest had been made till the filing of this report. The incident has sent a shockwave in the industrial circles of the state.

According to reports reaching the state headquarters, the DGM of Powmex Steel, R S Roy was coming out of the plant during lunch break when a group of 25 workers stopped his vehicle and dragged the driver and another employee of the plant out.

They then poured kerosene and petrol on the vehicle and set it on fire while the DGM was still inside. The security men of the plant rushed to the spot and rescued Roy. However, by that time he had already received serious burns on his body.

Roy was immediately rushed to the government hospital in Titlagarh and subsequently shifted to the district hospital in Bolangir town where he succumbed to his injuries. The plant has witnessed labour unrest for the last one and half years. Bolangir Superintendant of Police A K Sarangi said, the miscreants will be identified and arrested very soon. “We have already begun a thorough investigation. This is a serious case. Two special squads have been formed to nab the culprits”, he said.

According to the labour unions, the incident could have been avoided had the local labour office intervened in the laubour unrest which was going on in the factory since long and made an attempt to settle the dispute between the management and the workers.



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By: M.B.Nataraj
On: 04 Mar 2011 06:50 am

Labor unions cannot shirk off their criminal responsibility so easily. If law can be amended to hold political parties calling for bandhs liable for damages and costs to society. It can certainly be amended to hold labor unions criminally liable for murder and other acts by its members and they should be.
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/142813/dgm-burnt-alive-workers.html

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