Visakhapatnam

Another Divis worker succumbs to burns

Second of the three contract workers, who sustained burn injuries in a fire accident at Divis Laboratories, Bheemunipatnam, about 10 days ago, succumbed to injuries on Sunday, taking the toll to two.

The 22-year-old Ganapati Rao, a native of G. Sigadam village of Srikakulam district, sustained about 55 per cent burns in the accident. He died on Sunday while undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital in Visakhapatnam city.

The police have handed over the body to the relatives of Ganapati following a post mortem at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam and the body was sent to his home town.

Fire accident

A fire broke out at Divis Labs located in Chippada village in Bheemunipatnam mandal in Visakhapatnam city limits on March 6. The incident occurred at the reactor in the H-Block and three contract workers, G. Bhaskar Rao, V. Asiri Naidu and Ganapati Rao, suffered severe burn injuries.

While Bhaskar Rao who sustained over 80 per cent burns died on March 8, Ganpati died on Sunday. The third victim V. Asiri Naidu with 62 per cent burns is still battling for his life in the hospital.

District secretary of CPI (M), B. Lokanadham, said that it was due to negligence of the management that both contract workers have died.

They were not given proper treatment for about 32 hours, immediately after the accident. They were moved to an orthopaedic hospital instead of a super speciality hospital with a specialised burns ward. It was only after the hue and cry that they were shifted to a corporate hospital.

In the meantime, the infections had spread, said Mr. Lokanadham.


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