RAICHUR: Tension prevailed on the premises of Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) as labourers went berserk following the death of a colleague in a freak accident here on Tuesday.
Mahesh (26) from West Bengal died immediately when a large pipe accidentally fell on him, it is said. Enraged, the labourers attacked a YTPS engineer and a contractor Durgappa. They also pelted stones and threw iron rods at the officials, police sources said.
Meanwhile, the cause of Mahesh’s death is not yet clear. Some said he fell down from a tower while some others said he died while unloading a pipe.
Senior police officials rushed to the spot soon after the incident. The body has been sent to the Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital for autopsy.
The labourers are said to be disgruntled as no security measures are being followed by the YTPS management.
On January 16, two labourers had died and three others were injured while installing a pipe on a cooling tower. The deceased were also from West Bengal. Two officials had been arrested after the incident. The work had been entrusted to BHEL by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) and the sub-contractor was Power MAC.