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Normalcy back at BRG Odisha plant after worker’s death

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhenkanal, Sep 20:

Peace and normalcy returned at the BRG Steel Pvt Ltd at Kurunti in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district today after its management announced a compensation of Rs 12 lakh to the family members and job to the next of kin of a worker killed in an acid tank explosion inside the plant premises late last night.

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Tension had mounted at BRG Steel today morning as news spread about the worker’s daeth in the accident. The deceased worker has been identified as Subash Behera hailing from Kusupanga village near Meramundali.

Around 500 men from Kusupanga village, including relatives of the deceased worker, staged a dharna in front of the factory’s main gate demanding compensation and job for the kin of the deceased.

The agitated villagers had locked the main gate of the factory preventing workers from entering the factory premises until the matter was settled. Sensing a law and order situation, one platoon policemen were deployed near the plant premises while Motanga police kept a close watch over the situation.

The situation came under control and dharna was lifted after factory authorities promised to pay a compensation of Rs 12 lakh to the family of the deceased and a job for a member of the family.

An acid tank in the factory burst accidentally in the mishap which occurred late on Friday night critically injuring Subash. He was taken to Cuttack for treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries on his way to Cuttack.

Luckily there was no one other than Subash on duty near the acid tank; otherwise, the casualties could have been much higher, sources said. The cause of the explosion however, is not known yet.