Factory worker killed as girder falls on him

A 65-year-old labourer was killed when a girder fell on him while working at a factory in west Delhi’s Mayapuri on Wednesday. His death led to the factory's workers protesting over it, along with members of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions.

The victim has been identified as Mohammad Attar Hussain, a resident of north east Delhi’s Jafrabad. According to police, Hussain had been working with the factory in Mayapuri Phase-1 for the past 20 years.

The incident was reported at about 11.30 am from N K Tuli Factory, which manufactures girders. “We were informed that an employee had been crushed to death when a girder slipped from a crane,” said a police officer.

After an initial probe, police found that it was an accident. 

But the death led to a protest by the workers, who alleged that authorities at the factory were claiming it to be a natural death. The factory workers were later joined by members of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions. 

The situation was brought under control after police promised action against factory’s owner and senior management. 

A case under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been filed with Mayapuri police station. “The owner of the factory has been arrested on the basis of the allegations,” the officer added. 

Hussain’s body was handed over to his son after post-mortem at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. 

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