Worker Killed in Sterlite Accident

31 May, 2011. THOOTHUKUDI -- Amalanathan, a 28-year old crane maintenance mechanic, was electrocuted and killed in Vedanta-subsidiary Sterlite Copper's premises today. According to workers, Amalanathan died on the spot at around 11.30 a.m. As of 3.30 p.m., the police had not yet registered a First Information Report. According to a Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) party worker, it was only after the communist unions and MDMK intervened by staging a road blockade did the Police even enter the scene. Amalanathan, who was married barely 3 months ago, is a resident of a locality called 3rd Mile, near Sterlite.

Workers say that the police routinely colludes with Sterlite and fails to register FIRs even in the case of serious accidents and deaths within the factory. Sterlite Copper received a safety award in 2009 from the British Safety Council.