Shimla, Jul 9 (UNI) Shoghi based Supermax Industries, at the centre of a controversy following the shooting of a worker by its security guards, today demanded a judicial inquiry by a High Court judge into the mishap to bring the truth to light.
Addressing a press conference here, company's GM (corporate) M D Chaudhary said the security guards were forced to fire at workers in self defence who ''abducted and beat up'' the management staff and rushed towards the Ammonia Plant to set it on fire.
''Had they succeeded in setting the Ammonia plant ablaze, it would have been a catastrophe worse than Bhopal Gas tragedy,'' he said.
Mr Chaudhary said the company was sorry for the death of its worker Amarjeet and had announced relief amounting to Rs five lakh to the bereaved family.
Supermax, selling its products in 120 countries, was planning to provide employment to about 3,000 additional people in the state, but it would reopen the factory only after the government assured safety and security of staff and property, he added.
He also showed a video footage of the injured officers, who had come to inspect the company and were beaten by the workers, and blamed some outsiders and Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) for the ugly incident.
The GM expressed anguish over the developments and said the police had arrested their workers and officers on the complaint of a suspended worker, while no action had been taken on the FIR lodged by the management.
''Our management and staff is receiving constant threats and in such a situation reopening the factory is not possible unless adequate security is provided to the management and staff,'' he added.
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