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INTUC seeks judicial probe into coal mishap

Published: 12th August 2013 11:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2013 11:47 AM   |  A+A-

Rejecting the administrative probe ordered by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik into the coal dump collapse in Sundargarh district which has so far claimed 10 lives, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has demanded a judicial inquiry into the matter.

The accident should be investigated by a retired judge and the State Government should announce compensation of `10 lakh each for the families of the deceased, Rajya Sabha member and State president of the INTUC Ramchandra Khuntia said.

Khuntia alleged that violation of Central guidelines on security measures by the MCL has led to the unfortunate incident. He demanded that Rs 50,000 should be paid for the cremation of the deceased and MCL should give appointment to one person from each of the dead families.

A delegation of INTUC, led by State general secretary Prashant Behera, visited the spot on Sunday. Leaders of different political parties also visited the spot.

An MCL spokesman said many residents of the area often visit the place to scour coal in the dump yard though entry of people to this area, located outside the mining zone, was illegal.

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