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UPCL workers call off work demanding compensation to dead worker’s family

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Udupi: Over 125 workers of Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) on Tuesday December 29, called off work demanding compensation for the family of the worker who died on Monday December 28, as his neck got stuck due to jamming of an outlet gate in the pipe of a boiler coal feeder (1A).

A case under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) was registered at the Padubidri police station. According to the police, Ritesh Rajput (22) hailing from Madhya Pradesh was cleaning the pipe of the boiler coal feeder (1A) of the thermal plant during the mishap.

Ritesh, who sustained critical injuries was rushed to a private hospital in Padubidri and was then shifted to a hospital in Udupi. However, he could not be saved.

The UPCL workers said that they would not get back to work until the company promises a good compensation to Ritesh’s family. They also went to the Padubidri police station and threatened that they would protest in front of the UPCL main gate if the company ceases to adhere to their demand.

Later, the company officials are said to have held a meet with Ritesh’s brother and the men representing the workers. It is learnt that the management promised to compensate the family with Rs 30 lakh.

The body was then taken to Madhya Pradesh for final rites. Work is said to have resumed on Wednesday.

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