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NALCO Plant Fire Mishap: Another Injured Succumbs, Death Toll Rises To 2

08 August 2019

Diptanshu Dash

Angul: Rajnikant Parida of Bentapur village, who was among the four workers injured in National Aluminium Company (NALCO) plant fire mishap in July, died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Cuttack on Thursday. With this, the death toll has now risen to 2.

His family along with locals staged a protest placing the dead body infront of the main gate of the plant in Angul. They demanded ex-gratia and a job for one of his family members.

Nalco CMD Tapan Chand and senior officials of the company expressed their deep grief towards the bereaved family members. Cops were deployed at the spot to control the situation. 

It is notable to mention here that a fire broke out in the plant on July 23 due to flashover in high-voltage panel board of Smelter Casthouse-B. Four persons, including a woman, suffered critical burn injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack.

Later, one contractual worker Mithun had been shifted to a hospital in New Delhi where he breathed his last. NALCO extended Rs 15 lakh of lumpsum compensation to the family members and also facilitated employment of his spouse Ambika Nath.

Parida was an apprentice trainee at Nalco's Smelter Plant and the company has extended every possible support to the bereaved family. 

Parida's family will be provided with an ex-gratia of Rs 15 lakh and an additional Rs 6 lakh as per workmen compensation, a communique from the Aluminium major stated.

"Two days back, CMD Nalco and Director HR, BK Thakur visited the hospital and reviewed the condition of Parida. He was stable. In spite of best efforts by the doctors, he could not survive," it added.