Negligence cry in bridge mishap

http://www.telegraphindia.com
REZA PRADHAN
Kalimpong, June 28: Police have started an investigation after the relative of a worker who died in Saturday’s bailey bridge collapse filed a complaint.

Last evening, Rabindra Paswan, uncle of 39-year-old Bijay Paswan, lodged a complaint at the Rambi outpost, about 32 km from here. Paswan was the driver of the truck which was on the bridge when it gave away.

According to Rabindra, who has come from Banawali of Bihar, his nephew had been working for Simpex Concrete Piles Limited (SCIPL) for about four years.

“We have started a case after a relative of the truck driver lodged a complaint yesterday, claiming that it was his nephew who was driving the vehicle that met with the accident. There is no further development in the case with the body of the missing persons yet to be found. Investigations for the cause of accident is still going on,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, the additional superintendent of police, Kalimpong.

Acting on Rabindra’s complaint, the police has started a case against SCPIL under Sections 288 (negligent conduct in case of constructions), and Sections 337 and 338 (accident causing major and minor injuries) of the Indian Penal Code. The Pragatishil Dainik Mazdoor Union, which alleged that the accident has been caused because of negligence, has threatened to file a case against the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation and Simpex Concrete Piles Limited through the labour commission.

“The complaint has not been made against either the NHPC or the SCPIL so further action will be taken only after the investigations are over,” said Ahmed.

Tara Sundas, the president of the Kalimpong branch of the Citu, said: “The police should have started a case against the NHPC and the company as soon as the accident occurred, even without an official complaint, as they do in cases where lives have been lost in an accident. We, as a responsible labour union, will take up the issue with the labour commissioner.”

According to the NHPC’s statement released yesterday, the accident had occurred due to a collision of the transit mixer vehicle with the bridge on sudden application of brakes. The hydel power major had maintained that four persons including the driver of the vehicle were missing.

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