Pall of gloom at factory after officer's death

BANGALORE: The death of 22-year-old welfare officer Nalina Reddy at the Bombay Rayon Fashion on Friday left the factory in a pall of gloom on the premises. This incident shocked not only the g

Published: 25th February 2012 05:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:02 PM   |  A+A-

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(Top) The Bombay Rayon Fashion building from which the victim Nalina, fell during a mock drill conducted by the Fire Department; (above) Nalini’s brot

BANGALORE: The death of 22-year-old welfare officer Nalina Reddy at the Bombay Rayon Fashion on Friday left the factory in a pall of gloom on the premises. This incident shocked not only the garment workers but also the fire department personnel. The factory was closed for a day after the incident.

“We were watching the mock drill being conducted by the fire department personnel. Suddenly, the rope tied around the waist of Nalina snapped, and she fell on the ground like an object.

We did not know what was happening as everything happened in just a fraction of a second. The picture of the whole incident comes before my eyes,” S R Kannan, an eyewitness and manager of the factory said. When Express visited the spot, workers had stopped work and were seen discussing the incident.

The blood stains on the ground were the testimony to the impact of the “accident”. After completing her MSW course in Anupama College, Bangalore, Nalina, a resident of Gouribidanur, had joined Bombay Rayon Fashion Limited as a welfare officer one-and-a-half years ago. She was staying in a house with her younger brother Harish, a college student near Kodigehalli Gate. A case has been registered in RMC Yard police station. According to police, the fire department and the factory management also had not taken proper precautions against safety hazards.

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