Workers set site office on fire

Dibrugarh, July 25: Work at the highly ambitious gas cracker project site at Lepetkata was stalled today as thousands of agitated workers burnt down a construction company office after ransacking it following rumours about the death of a worker because of alleged delay in providing medical attention.

Haren Emong, 25, a resident of Sonari in Upper Assam’s Sivasagar district, who is engaged as a worker with construction company IVRCL Infrastructures and Projects Ltd, suffered serious injuries after getting electrocuted while on duty on Saturday morning.

The worker was immediately rushed to Assam Medical College and Hospitals. Somehow, a rumour spread this morning that he had died and that the construction company had already appointed a replacement.

“As the rumour spread thick and fast among the agitated workers, they ran towards the IVRCL site office and ransacked it, smashing furniture, computers and whatever they found inside. The workers then set the office on fire,” a source said.

As the news of unrest was reported to the local administration and police by the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited authorities, a huge contingent of police and CRPF personnel, led by the superintendent of police Arabinda Kalita and additional deputy commissioner Pradip Kumar Rajkhowa, rushed to the spot.

On the other hand, IVRCL officials maintained that the worker was admitted to AMCH and was recovering. Later, it was decided that a joint team from the company, workers, officials from the Dibrugarh district administration and the police would visit AMCH to confirm the news on the worker.

After visiting the hospital, the joint team found the worker recovering and the daylong turmoil came to an end. “The situation at the project site is peaceful and under control. The administration is trying to find out who spread the rumour,” additional deputy commissioner Pradip Kumar Rajkhowa said.

Although the IVRCL had not filed any FIR, an official said they were waiting for a communication from higher authorities.

“We have posted some of our men as a precautionary measure for the night. They will remain till the tension totally eases,” a police official said.

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