//Unions demand inquiry into KSEB technician’s death

Unions demand inquiry into KSEB technician’s death

Arrest of executives of A.P. Steels urged PALAKKAD: Major trade unions in the district has demanded an inquiry into the death of a lineman of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) while he was reconnecting power at A.P. Steels at Kanjikode near here on Thursday. Lineman Pradeep Kumar (35) of KSEB’s T.M.R. Division, Shoranur, died of electrocution on Thursday while he was working on the 11 K.V supply line to the company along with other technicians and engineer. The power connection to the company was disconnected last week when the Anti-Power Theft Squad of KSEB detected power theft to the tune of Rs.1.10 crores. Various organisations of electricity employees alleged that Pradeep Kumar died because electricity was passed to the 11 K.V. line from the generator of the company while he was working on the line. They said the work was started in the morning after disconnecting the KSEB’s 11 K.V line and the accident took place in the evening when the work almost got completed. However, the company management said that the KSEB officials did not take the precautionary safety measures while working on the 11 K.V line that resulted in the tragic incident. District president of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) A.K. Balan, MLA, has demanded an inquiry into the `mysterious death’ of the KSEB employee at A.P. Steel. District joint secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) K.C. Jayapalan has also demanded an investigation into the death of KSEB technician at the steel company. The K.S.E.B. Workers Federation (CITU), Kerala Electricity Workers Federation (AITUC), K.S.E.B. Officers Association, Kerala Electricity Employees Confederation (INTUC) and other organisations have demanded an investigation into the death. Later, all the seven organisations of officers and employees of KSEB took a silent march from District Hospital to the office of District Superintendent of Police demanding the arrest of the company authorities allegedly responsible for the electrocution of the lineman. The representatives of the organisations also submitted a memorandum to the S.P demanding him to arrest the top executives of A.P. Steels. Hindu, Jan7, 2006 http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/07/stories/2006010711090300.htm