2 Gujarat Factories shut after incidental deaths

The Director Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) of the state of Gujarat, which functions under the state labour and Employment department, has issued the order to close Vishal Denims at Dhokla and Shri Shakti Chemicals at Vatva, after the recent incident in which four and two labourers diet respectively into separate incidents, on Friday night and Saturday afternoon respectively.

For Vishal denims, the FIR was filed by Koth police in which a labour contractor named Ramesh Vaghela was charged under IPC section 304 pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

For Shri Shakti Chemicals, the FIR was filed with Vatva GIDC police in which the supervisor of the chemical unit named Raju Patel and owners of company, Navneet Babariya and Himmat Bhuva work charged under sections 304-A, 284 and 114, pertaining to causing death by negligence, negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance and abetment of crime, respectively.

Following the incident, additional chief secretary of labour and employment, state of Gujarat, Mr. Vipul Mittra, said, “We have issued a closure order to the facility so that more lives are not put at risk. We will review the safety aspects before allowing resumption of manufacturing operations”. He further added that ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 10 lakh will be paid by Nandan Denim to each of the legal heir of of the deceased workers, and moreover “the company will also provide a job to one family member of each of the deceased workers based on their qualification”. With regards to the chemical factory, Vatva GIDC PI DR Gohil stated that “The supervisor has been sent for Covid-19 test and will be arrested after his result becomes available. A search has been launched to nab the other two accused.”

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