Jalandhar: The fight for justice to a labourer who died reportedly while working in Jagatjit Industries, Hamira finally ended in a compromise after the factory owners agreed to pay Rs 7 lakh compensation to the next of kin.
Chand Singh (48), a resident of Dhirpur village in Kartarpur, who was working as a labourer in the factory died on August 10. He was working, when reportedly he fell unconscious on a machine. The labourer’s wife also died a month ago while he was survived by two daughters and sons.
Ever since the labourer died, his family and the fellow labourers had been sitting on dharna outside the factory and refused to conduct cremation.
Backed by Pendu Mazdoor Union, the labourers remained adamant on their demand, after which the factory management would now pay the compensation on Tuesday. An FIR was also registered under section 304-A of the IPC against the factory director and manager but no arrest was made till date, said PMU members.
“Chand Singh met with the machine accident at around 11 am. In the absence of any first aid in the factory, the labourer was made to wait for more than one hour. Later, though Chand was rushed to a hospital on a motorbike by the fellow labourers, he died enroute”, said Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, the PMU leader.
Assistant Labour Commissioner Baljeet Singh intervened in the matter and conducted a meeting of the labourers with the factory management till lateon Saturday night. “While the police remained a mute spectator in the case, the Assistant Labour Commissioner played an active role in ensuing justice to the labourer”, said another leader Surinder Singh Bhullar.
It was also learnt that after the death of the labourer, the factory workers left his body outside his house. “They did not even bother to inform his family, which led to agitation. PMU leaders reached out to the factory management and the district administration official to provide him justice”, Ghugshor added.
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