From: shabana khan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 9:59 AM
Subject: re: 40 labourers missing after cranes collapse in Damoh cement factory in which most of the labours were from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
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Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, Lenin Raghuvanshi <email@example.com>
About 40 labourers were reportedly 'missing' from the under construction plant of Diamond Cement Factory (Prop. HeidelbergCement India Limited) in Narsingarh village of Damoh after an accident occurred on Wednesday.
Three cranes of more 120 metres in height collapsed inside the premises on Wednesday afternoon.
Sources said that more than 40 persons including some women were missing after the incident and no information has been given regarding the 'missing persons' by the district administration and management of the cement factory. Sources said that nearly 300 labourers were working when the incident occurred.
Nine persons who were injured in the incident owing to head injuries were sent to Jabalpur. An FSL team of Sagar also reached the spot and took some samples.
Reports confirmed that two persons were seriously injured and were recuperating in a hospital in Jabalpur. A weight of the single crane was 450 tonne and the three cranes were carrying a pipe of 5 tonne when they collapsed.
Meanwhile, sources said that media was restricted to enter inside the premises after the incident for hours.
A Congress leader of the region, Rajesh Tiwari, while talking to The Pioneer said, "I am quite sure that about 40 labourers are missing. The Collector and Superintendent of Police are trying to hush up the case owing to the pressure of mining mafia who are related to the cement factory."
Raising fingers at the district administration, Tiwari further said that just after the incident, the Collector and SP went inside the premises and the media was restricted for hours.
"Why media was not allowed in the premises for first few hours. Just after the incident the remaining labourers were said to leave the premises," he added.
Tiwari confirmed that the labourers were mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Commenting over the charges of Tiwari, Collector Shivanand Dubey said that Tiwari was making it a political issue.
However, when asked about the missing people, the Collector said that no one has made any written complaint in this regard till now. "I have not been informed about the missing person till now and if any written complaint is made then I will order an enquiry in this whole issue," Dubey said.
Tiwari claimed that he had made a written complaint to higher authorities and even faxed a memorandum to the Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.
Sources also confirmed that illegal mining is also going on in the nearby river by some mining mafia.
Meanwhile, Tiwari further informed that he was receiving phone calls from some notorious people for not raising the issue of 'missing persons' further.
When The Pioneer tried to contact the management of the factory SK Pandey, the staff informed that the manager of the plant was busy in a meeting. This situation continued for hours in the evening.
Therefore it is kind request please take appropriate action at earliest and ensure the implementation of Factories Act, 1948, Interstate Migration Act. We demand for the compensation to the family of the deseased labour and medical treatment to the labour who are injured.
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