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Death at ABG yard incites ourburst

Death at ABG yard incites ourburst

Mumbai: The death of shipyard worker Sukh Narayan at ABG's Surat yard led to a outburst by about 2,000 other workers, reports Express India. According to reports, the workers rioted and ransacked the shipbuilder's administrative offices and damaged onsite vehicles when the news emerged that Narayan has been killed by a speeding hydraulic crane on the company premises on Tuesday afternoon.

The reports indicate that police were called to the scene and used tear gas and baton force to subdue the crowds before registering two complaints: One against ABG for accidental death of Nayaran and the other, issued by ABG, against 1,500 workers.

"We still don't know why the workers became angry and damaged the company property," Subhash Ghantayat, ABG associate vp for HR & Corporate Office told the paper. "We have lodged a complaint in this connection and the police will investigate in the case. We have found that some wrong message was passed on to the workers, which might have driven them to take law into their own hands." 

The company is yet to issue an official press statement about the incident.  [26/11/08]