NHRC Issues Notice to TN Government Over Death of Workers

Published: 24th March 2014 09:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2014 09:20 PM   |  A+A-


The National Human Rights Commission Monday issued a notice to Tamil Nadu Government seeking a report within four weeks on the death of seven workers due to inhaling of toxic gas from a waste treatment tank.

The Commission has taken suo moto cognizance of media reports that seven workers of a private dyeing unit located in the Erode Industrial Complex of State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu died of asphyxiation and several others were taken ill on the March 18 this year after inhaling toxic gas from a waste treatment tank.

The incident reportedly took place when a mechanic went inside the tank to work on a faulty pump, but he fell as he was climbing down. Others who went to his rescue fell prey to the toxic gas.

"The contents of the report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victims," observed the Commission.

Commission has also directed the government to inform whether any interim relief has been provided to the next of kin of the deceased workers.

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