NEEPCO denies foul play in employee's death

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Shillong, Jul 25 (UNI) The North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) today denied the recent death of one of its employees on June 24 in Arunachal Pradesh due to emission of toxic gas.

In a denial letter to a Guwahati edition English daily, Mr L A Kharmawphlang, Manager (PR), Shillong said the report published in the paper on July 21, may lead to misconceptions and hence the corporation gave the clarification.

Jayanta K Bhuyan was employed as an assistant engineer in NEEPCO's Kameng Hydro Electric Project. He had a history of diabetes and was taking anti-diabetic drugs, Mr Kharmawphlang said.

Incidentally, another employee, Ratul C Sharma, who too was posted in the same site since 2007 and suffered from hypertension and diabetes, died a week earlier, he added.

The NEEPCO clarification emphasised that the company was concerned about the health and safety of its employees and therefore, adequate safety measures were taken.

Besides, the corporation had posted physicians at different project sites to tackle any emergency or epidemic.

Bhuyan's brother had alleged that there was lapse of safety measures which caused the death at the project site.

The allegation made by Bhuyan's brother that many casual labourers had died after inhaling poisonous gases at the project site was also baseless, the corporation stated.

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