Bokaro, Oct. 31: A 28-year-old labourer was killed while two Chinese technocrats suffered burns during a blast at Electrosteel Castings Limited’s (ECL) Parbatpur coal block in Chandankyari, about 32km from Bokaro steel city.
The dead has been identified as Bankim Boury, who hailed from Beltand village near Silphore, Chandankyari. He had been working at the Parbatpur coal block for the past two years. The injured — 30-year-old Wang T. Sang and Yang C. Chi (29) — have been admitted to Neelam Nursing Home in Chas. They are out of danger now.
The accident took place around 2.30pm while drilling for extraction of coal from the open cast mine was going on. Suddenly a spark erupted and lit up the explosives kept nearby, triggering a huge blast. Bankim, who was standing in front of the explosives, suffered maximum burns and was rushed to Bokaro General Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Chief of public relations officer, ECL, C.P. Pandey said: “We have ordered an inquiry.”
Chandankyari MLA Umakant Rajak, however, launched a scathing attack on ECL, saying the company did not have right to coal mining. “The company’s licence has been suspended by the Union government. Besides, unless its steel plant starts functioning, it cannot undertake coal mining,” he claimed.