protest over the death of a coal mine worker in a mishap when the
roof slab caved in at the Srirampur underground mine. They have also demanded
action against officials for their alleged negligence.
A 53-year-old coal mine worker Kanniveni Ramulu died in the incident while
another worker Lakkala Sathish suffered
injuries when a 4ft by 15ft slab fell on them 3am on Tuesday.
workers escaped unhurt.
Sathish on his first day at work injured
while Ramulu lost his life
admitted to a hospital in Ramakrishnapuram. It was reportedly his first day at
work. Sathish who was injured in the mine mishap suffered a leg fracture and
also injuries on his face. Ramulu is survived by his wife, a son and three
daughters. He had been working in SSCL for the last 32 years.
Workers accuse management of negligence and demand
action against officers for negligence
Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) management has ordered a probe into the
mishap, the workers and unions have alleged negligence on the part of the
management. In a memorandum submitted to the authorities, BMS state secretary
Peram Ramesh pointed out that there were seven lapses on the part of the
In one of the points, Ramesh mentioned that the extra precaution should have
been taken on the night of the mishap during the intervening night of June 2-3
as it was a new moon night (Amavasya). He said that during the new moon and
full moon nights (Purnima), the geological conditions in mines were different
and there was a certain amount of risk involved in mining. He also said that
there had been reports that in the same area where the mishap had occurred,
workers had reportedly heard some sounds and also noticed cracks which were
also brought to the notice of the authorities.
"The work that should have been done during the first or second shift was
made to do during the night shift by workers which posed a danger to their
lives," he said.
Coal mine workers who had gathered after the death of Ramulu also demanded that
strict action be taken against the officers for their alleged negligence.