Chairman expresses the view that the CISF personnel should have exercised restraint

: The management of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation has constituted a high-level fact-finding committee to go into the circumstances that led to the violence in the aftermath of the killing of a former contract workman by a Central Industrial Security Force jawan on Monday. As the incident had spawned clashes between the security personnel and the agitated worker, 18 police personnel and 26 NLC employees were injured. Reacting to the situation, NLC Chairman-cum-Managing Director B.Surender Mohan told The Hindu that for the first time in the history of the NLC, a former contract workman was shot dead by a CISF jawan. The chairman said that the CISF personnel should have exercised patience and if necessary they should have used the batons to chase away the gathering.

Even if they had to use firearms, they should have aimed at the legs and should not have snuffed out a life by shooting directly at the head. Above all, the lathicharge that the CISF personnel resorted to also aggravated the situation.

Somehow, the body of the victim was taken to the Vriddhachalam government hospital. The Chairman said that now two aspects ought to be looked into: the demand for job to a dependent of the deceased and compensation and the temperament of the employees.

Certain persons had set a portion of the conveyor belt at Mine II on fire and it was soon extinguished. As of now there was no drop in power generation. However, the mining operation in Mine-II had come to a standstill. Talks were going on with the family members of the deceased to work out the details of the compensation.

The NLC sources said that the issue would be resolved with humanitarian concern.

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