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Six killed in cement factory accident

According to the police, the workers were doing some welding work when the scaffolding collapsed on them because of gusty winds.

Holding Shree Cement Ltd. authorities responsible for the accident, hundreds of workers staged a demonstration on the factory premises on Friday morning.

The police had to resort to baton charge and burst tear-gas shells to disperse the workers, who began hurling stones. Several people, including five police personnel, were injured and some vehicles damaged. Additional forces were rushed to the spot to control the situation. Sources in the Police Department said that some 30 workers were taken into custody.

“An FIR has been registered against the four people of the company. I have also asked the Deputy Director of Factories, Boilers, Industrial Safety & Health to conduct an inquiry into the accident and submit a report. The bodies have been sent to their native places in Bihar. Now the situation is under control,” R. Venkatesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, told
The Hindu
.

Meanwhile, Arvind Kumar Patil, unit head of Shree Cement Ltd., wrote to the Deputy Commissioner of Kalaburagi stating that the company would pay Rs. 12 lakh compensation to the family of each of the deceased to “discharge its legal liability”.

The company also orally agreed to transport the bodies to their native places in Bihar and bear the hospital expenditure of the injured workers. It is learnt that a worker was killed in an accident in the same factory a couple of months ago.

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