Union demands action against two senior officials

The death of a Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) technician at the workplace here on Thursday night sparked a protest on the organisation’s campus on Friday.

Fifty-nine-year old Arokiasamy died instantly after he received a lethal blow on the chest from a die of a hydraulic pressing machine while working in one of the bays in Building – 1. Following discussions with union representatives on Thursday night, the BHEL management agreed to provide compensation and employment to the victim’s family as it was an accidental death, a union member said.

Nevertheless, a section of employees demanded that the management demote two senior officials holding them responsible for negligence which, according to them, led to the incident and sought transfer of an Assistant General Manager. The body of Arokiasamy was kept in a freezer box in the building with the agitating employees not allowing its shifting until their demands were met. Their action led to tense moments.

Consequently, work in Building –I was hit on Friday morning. A posse of police personnel was deployed in front of the BHEL campus.

After hectic parleys, the body was allowed to be shifted from the factory campus, police sources said. The BHEL police have registered a case under Section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure.

  • BHEL management to pay compensation, give job to his kin

  • Tension gripped the area as the body was kept in freezer box