Kantilal Parmar, a Dalit and labour rights activist has written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking action against owners of Chiripal Group.
Parmar in an email to NHRC commission Chairman HL Dattu stated that the death of four labourers at Vishal Fabrics Ltd, a unit of the Chiripal Group, om Dholka, was a violation of human rights and action should be taken against the owners.
Four labourers died after inhaling noxious fumes in a chemical tank they had entered for cleaning. The letter states that the labourers had no safety gears and that the company was callous in its approach to workers’ safety which led to the deaths.
What concerns the email raised
- The safety protocols in place for the workers at the company
- Questions on why the GPCB did not issue an advisory to the company during its routine inspection
- Quality of machines and construction work at the unit and why poor quality was allowed
- Why do big industrial units lack fire safety personnel who can be pressed into service during an accident
- An unbiased inquiry into the incident and legal action against the owner and manager for the deaths
The letter demands the intervention of NHRC to ensure that a complaint is filed under the SC/ST Act too. The FIR complaint should be filed against the owner, manager as well as the supervisor, the email states.
It wants a compensation of Rs1 crore for all those who died in the incident and immediate arrest of those responsible for the death.
It has called for cancelling the licence of the company to operate its unit as well as a compensation of Rs10 lakh from the government as per the March 27, 2014 ruling of the high court.