Durgapur News Service, 18 May 2015: Death toll at the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) mishap of May 11 reached three. Rohit Kumar, the only surviving of the three burn victims who were severely burnt due to molten metal (steel) splash at the Bloom Caster of DSP died yesterday night.
One must recall that Dipak Dolui, the 19 year old trainee died on 12 May, Ranjit Ghosh, the 45 year Junior Technician succumbed on 14 May and now Rohit Kumar, the 35 year old Junior Executive breath his last on 16 May.
According to informed sources, the 11 May 2015 accident at the Bloom caster of the Continuous Casting Plant (CCP) of DSP is perhaps the worst mishaps in the history of Durgapur steel plant.
Meanwhile the high-powered external committee constituted by the SAIL chairman C S Verma has already begun its investigation. The four-member committee have summoned and interrogated several of Durgapur steel executives and non-executives associated with the process on that day, to find the facts behind such a massive incident.
After postmortem at the Durgapur sub divisional hospital, Rohit’s body was taken to his native place Bhilai in Chatisgarh. Rohit joined Durgapur Steel Plant as a SAIL management trainee in 2012. He was posted at the Bloom Caster; one of the three caster machines of CCP in DSP.
DSP’s CCP has two billet caster machines and one bloom caster machine.
Soft spoken Rohit was very popular among his colleagues irrespective of their ranks and files. His wife, who is a Chattisgarh state government employee, lost her words and their one year daughter is too small to understand anything.
The death of all the three DSP employees has undoubtedly made the job of the inquiry committee more difficult and has put them under more pressure.
Meanwhile, DSP authority is likely to take a decision regarding the compensation of Dipak Dolui’s family today. DSP authority surprisingly have been saying that dependents of a trainee will not get benefits as he was yet to be regularised on the pay roll.
But incessant agitation by around 150 trainees of DSP, in demand of job for one of the family members of Dipak Dolui and subsequent assurance by SAIL chairman during his visit has created hope that the job demand will be met.