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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Coffins of five dead migrated labourers reach Malda, Minister promises compensation

Malda, 3 February, 2015: Bodies of five migrated labourers killed after falling from tower at Borpeta district in Assam last Thursday were brought to Malda last night. Four other migrated labourers are still under treatment in Assam as learnt from sources. State relief and rehabilitation minister Sabitri Mitra rushed to houses of the deceased labourers and said that the each of the families of the victims would be getting compensation of Rs 2 lakh.

It has been learnt from police and administration sources that 40 labourers led by Hafizul Sheikh from different villages of Milki gram panchayat in English Bazaar police station and Nurpur and Niyamatpur gram panchayat areas in Manikchak police station went to Borpeta district in Assam to install towers for mobile-phone. A tower which they were installing broke down. Nine migrated labourers from Malda were working on the tower. Five of them died and four others were injured.

Deceased were identified as Mithun Sheikh (24) of Brahmanpara village snd Afsar Sheikh (19) of Tiorpara village of Nurpur gram panchayat, Hafzul Sheikh (22) and Taslim Sheikh (24) of Niyamatpur village in Manikchak police station and Jahangir Sheikh (22) of Mohanpur village in Milki gram panchayat.

Etuari Sheikh (20), Dubu Sheikh (19), Mister Sheikh (19) and Sabrul Sheikh (19) were injured in the accident.

Bereaved family of a dead migrated labourer 
As the coffins of the dead labourers reached Malda last night, the relatives and family members broke in tears. They alleged that their relatives were forced to go to other state as they did not find a work in Malda.

Samima Bibi, mother of Mithun Sheikh, said that her son was survived by his wife and only son. Their future was now uncertain as the only earning member of the family died.

Asin Sheikh, father of another deceased labourer Afsar Sheikh alleged that his son did not get a work at the locality despite having NREGS job card.

DM Sharad Dwivedi said, “The particulars of the deceased labourers would be sent to the state government.”

It may be mentioned that 11 migrated labourers from Kaliachak block in the district died in Maharashtra on 4 April, 2013.

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