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Two workers killed under suspicious circumstances in food products company

Two workers were killed and four others injured in suspicious circumstances in a leading food products company at Khamano town of district Fatehgarh Sahib.
Efforts were on to rescue three labourers, who were trapped under the debris. The role of the company management has come under cloud as the incident occurred around 11 pm on Monday but they informed the district administration at 8 am today. Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra confirmed the administration was informed today morning. The SSP said that the police had checked the company’s roster and found nine persons were working there.

According to Lakshmi Energy and Food Ltd management, the incident occurred when the floor of the factory caved in and workers got buried in the debris. The help of cranes from Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana and gas cutter was used to rescue the persons trapped under debris. The factory owners are believed to close to many high ups of present and previous government.

After receiving information about the incident , Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan, SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra, SP(H) Jaspreet Sidhu visited on spot to take stock of situation. Media was not allowed to enter in the factory. Though reporters of national channel requested the SSP to ensure their entry in the factory to cover the incident but they were not allowed to enter in the premises. Some reporters tactfully entered in the factory premises in morning and covered the incident but when the management learnt about it, they strictly banned media entry. 

Though the factory management made sitting arrangement for media outside the premise but none from management had come to brief the media about incident during their over four hours stay there. Some of the relatives of persons who is apprehended to be trapped under debris were also allowed to enter in the factory premise. When they approached media persons and told about it and informed that they were not given any intimation about the incident till now by the management, the management immediately allowed their entry in the premises. 

When the SSP was coming out from the factory in evening the media person asked the SSP that whether factory management informed the administration today morning only after managing all things, he could not give satisfactory reply. When asked about negligence on any part, he said the police had lodged DDR in the case. He said that police is thoroughly investigating the case. He said that after conducting post mortem examination, the bodies will be handed over to the relatives of the deceased. When media persons again asked SSP to ensure their entry in the premises, the SSP showed his helplessness. He said that they may get permission from factory owners. A senior reporter said that there was live coverage of attack on parliament, Mumbai attacks why they were allowed the cover the incident. He said there is something fishy, as media is ready to cooperate and will not create any hindrance in rescue operations. Fatehgarh Sahib DC Yashvir Mahajan also admitted that there was delay in informing the administration and the reason will be probed.

It is yet to be known that whether the industrial unit owner had adopted all safety measures.

Injured were admitted in a private hospital. As per reports, three were discharge as three were out of danger. The deceased was identified as Sunny Paswan (21), a resident of Philibhit (UP) and Ram B. Rai(20), a resident of Bhagalpur (Bihar). Manjit Singh of Khamano, Paramjit Singh, a resident of Batha Kalan, Rajinder Parshad and Jai Shankar of Bihar was injured while persons trapped under debris was identified as Surinder Kumar Pandit(50), a resident of Sanghol, Hardeep Sing, a resident of Khamano Khurd and Rohit Das(23), a resident of West Bengal. Factor owner Janak Singh said that it was unfortunate incident. He said adequate compensation will be given to the deceased family and the company will provide treatment to all injured. 

Photo Caption 1 :A view of mishap in factory at Khamano and injured persons . 
Photo Caption 2: Relatives of the persons who were trapped under debris but were not allowed entering in factory. 

Photo by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Contributed by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Country: India
Date: September 17, 2010